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JOINT ITALIAN 2026 OLYMPIC BID - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Thursday August 2, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

After debates and delays a joint bid from Turin, Milan and Cortina has emerged. Will it prove successful?

Successful for the Italian cities involved and, perhaps more importantly, for the wider Olympic movement.

There have been growing concerns over 2026 as favourite cities dropped out, others have been lukewarm and some seen as not viable for political and security reasons.

Now the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) has backed a joint bid and has described it as an "innovative project" that would that give "the greatest chances of success of the candidature for the whole of Italy".

It has the backing of the government.

  • Milan and Turin would share ice hockey and speed skating.
  • Milan would also host figure skating and curling.
  • Cortina would stage ski-jumping, alpine skiing and some sliding events.
  • Livigno would host freestyle skiing and
  • Valtellina would be the venue for the location for cross-country skiing and biathlon.
  • Bormio would hold the snowboard competitions.

A venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies has not been confirmed.

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The Athletes' Villages would be located in both Milan and Turin, with the athletes in competition elsewhere housed in local accommodation.

There will be no new venues required and the total cost is put at €376.5m.

However doubts remain.

Is it a stitched compromise or a genuine dream ticket?

First concerns are over which city would lead the bid.

The mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, has already stated that the city is willing and able to host events but does not want a governing role in the organisation.

In addition a final decision is to be made at the 2019 IOC Session in Milan.

IOC rules stipulate that an election cannot take place in one of the bidding nations.

Milan says the city has already paid out for the event.

It is also unclear if there will be a referendum among Italian voters - and which way the result may go.

Recent ones in Europe received the thumbs down from Austria and Italy.

Earlier this summer on PlanetSKI we raised questions over the 2026 Games:
Calgary in Canada, Stockholm in Sweden, Erzurum in Turkey and Sapporo in Japan are looking to host the 2026 Games.

The IOC president, Thomas Bach, has admitted the bidding process needs to be streamlined so cities with little chance of winning are not left in the process too long.

A referendum on the Calgary bid is likley to go ahead in the autumn, but no such vote has been succesful since Oslo in 2013.

That bid eventually collapsed due to a lack of political and public support.

It is thought Sapporo is more interested in hosting the Winter Olympics in 2030 while Stockholm currently lacks the support of the Swedish Government.

There are security questions over the Tukish bid due to its proximity to the Syrian border.

All this seems to favour an Italian bid, but the question remains:

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