2026 Bid; Calgary, Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo and Stockholm invited for Candidature Stage

Press release by the International Olympic Committee;

STRONG FIELD OF CANDIDATE CITIES FOR THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2026: CALGARY, MILAN/CORTINA D’AMPEZZO AND STOCKHOLM

THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) SESSION TODAY INVITED CALGARY (CANADA), MILAN/CORTINA D’AMPEZZO (ITALY) AND STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN) TO BECOME CANDIDATE CITIES FOR THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2026, ON ITS FINAL DAY OF MEETINGS IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA.

The decision by the IOC Session marked the beginning of the shortened formal Candidature Stage, during which the Cities will continue to work closely with the IOC to develop their best possible Games plan, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm. The Candidates will submit a single Candidature File in January 2019, as part of a streamlined process which reduces the cost and complexity for the Cities.

The IOC Members approved the recommendation of the IOC Executive Board (EB), which was based on the report by the Olympic Winter Games Working Group 2026. This Group had assessed the feasibility of the Interested Cities in the Dialogue Stage.

 

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2026 Bid; Calgary, Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo and Stockholm proposed for Candidature Stage

After receiving a report from the Olympic Winter Games Working Group 2026, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board recommends to invite Calgary, Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo and Stockholm to the Candidature Stage.

The final decision will be taken at the 133rd IOC Session (8-9 October 2018 in Buenos Aires).

 

Findings of the Working Group:

Calgary

The city breathes the legacy of the 1988 Games and can make optimal use of existing venues for 2026. Calgary boasts valuable experience and expertise in hosting winter sports competitions and other major events. The city, the province and its people have a deep love and affinity for winter sports. In dialogue and partnership with the IOC, Calgary has developed a Games concept and vision that fit the new era of Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm and meet the city’s long-term goals.

 

Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo

Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo combine the advantages of a big European city and those of a popular mountain resort region in the Italian Alps. The candidature benefits from the region’s strong winter sports history, tradition and experience, as well as the Italians’ love and passion for sport. The project can also leverage the economic strength and prosperity of the northern Italian region. While planning is still at an early stage, the project has the potential to achieve the long-term goals of the cities and the region in line with Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm.

 

Stockholm

A modern global capital with a historic city centre, Stockholm proposes venues in the heart of the city that would elevate and energise the Games experience. Sweden has the hosting experience, love for winter sports and established World Cup venues necessary for delivering the Games. In line with Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm, Stockholm has developed a Games concept that addresses the city’s future needs and aims to improve the lives of all its citizens.

 

Erzurum

The timing for 2026 is challenging. The concentration of investment in general infrastructure such as accommodation, transport, energy and telecoms would be extremely high. Significant investment would also be needed in sports venues. The region has limited experience in hosting major international winter sports events and would benefit from organising further World Cups, World Championships and the Youth Olympic Games.

Erzurum nevertheless presents great promise for the long-term future, having an ambitious vision of developing a young and vibrant university city into a winter sports centre. Erzurum can take advantage of national government plans and funding to develop the city into a major hub.

 

You can read the full press release here.

2026 Bid; Three-city Italian bid

Masterplan. Source: Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano. Click image to enlarge.

 

Statement by CONI (Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano);

CONI submits joint three-city bid with Milan, Turin and Cortina

The Italian National Olympic Committee unanimously resolves to send the proposal for candidacy for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games of the cities of Milan, Turin and Cortina for an innovative project intended to guarantee a balance between the respective territorial areas through the reinforcement of cohesion and respect between the areas identified to host the Games and the identification of solutions that provide the best chance for success of the candidacies for all of Italy.

 

You can download the the proposal of the Evaluation Commission (in Italian) here.

2026 Bid; Introduction to the seven interested countries and cities

Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee announced the seven NOCs and cities that have expressed interest in hosting the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. On this page a first introduction;

 

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Austria – Graz

City Center of Graz

Olympic Games in Austria
Summer Olympics: –
Winter Olympics: Innsbruck 1964, Innsbruck 1976, Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games

Graz
Graz is the second-largest city in Austria after Vienna.
Elevation: 353m
Population: 325,021 (2018)
Temperature in February: Average high 5,8°C / Average low -2,9°C
Website: Link

 

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IOC; Milan elected as host of the IOC Session in 2019

Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) in Milan, residential towers designed by Boeri Studio. Photo: Martijn Giebels

At the last day of the IOC Session in Lima, Milan was elected as the host city of the IOC Session in 2019. During this Session, the host city for the 2026 Winter Olympics Games will be chosen.

View the application file (pdf)

 

Venues

Principe di Savoia hotel – IOC Executive Board meeting

 

La Scala – IOC Session opening ceremony

Photo by Anna & Michal on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

 

MiCo (Milano Congressi) – IOC Session

Photo by David Davies on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

 

Map

 

Presentation during the IOC Session in Lima

Videos

 

Speeches

Speech by Diana Bianchedi
Speech by Giuseppe Sala
Speech by Antonio Rossi
Speech by Giovanni Malagò