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Momentum is swinging behind the Italian bid. The government now backs the bid from Milan/Cortina. And there will be no referendum.

The IOC will be breathing another sigh of relief as the bid from Milan and Cortina will not be tested by a referendum.
The Italian authorities claim there is so much support for the bid it will be a waste of time, effort and money.
"I believe that people in the region strongly back this bid, citizens support this bid, and for this reason local administration, regional and Italian Governments, support this bid," said the Italy Sports Secretary, Giancarlo Giorgetti.
"It doesn't need a referendum. There is so large a majority of people that support it."

Momentum is swinging its way.
Many other bids for the 2026 Games have been rejected by the public in a referendum vote.

Earlier this week the Italian government gave its backing and guarantees for the bid.

The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, has now signed a letter providing the guarantees required by the International Olympic Committee.

The letter was delivered by Giancarlo Giorgetti, Undersecretary of State, to IOC Evaluation Commission chairman Octavian Morariu.

"I am satisfied and excited about the result achieved," Giorgetti, said.

"I want to thank everyone and in particular Premier Giuseppe Conte, who always has supported the project."

The IOC Evaluation Commission is on a five-day visit to Italy.

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It had looked like the 2026 Winter Games was the Olympics no-one wanted.
Innsbruck in Austria, Sion in Switzerland and Calgary in Canada all pulled out after the public rejected the idea.
Others have fallen by the wayside.
The signed guarantees include underwriting the multi-million dollar security budget, estimated at £355 million.
Plus a number of infrastructure projects.
It all gives the Italian bid a clear advantage over its only rival, Stockholm.

At one point the Itaian bid looked doomed to failure:

The mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, said hosting the Olympics could be worth as much as €3 billion (£2.5 billion) to the Italian economy.

"Milan and Cortina have the Olympics in their hearts," he said.

"They are the great goal of our city: not of a group of technocrats and politicians but of the entire population, from the elderly to children."

"The Games must leave a legacy to the local community."

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It will be very welcome news for the International Olympic Committee with deadlines approaching.
The deadline for the guarantees is April 12 when the final candidature file is due to be delivered to the IOC in Lausanne.
However some believe the deadline could be extended until the day of the vote on June 24th in order for Stockholm to provide the guarantees.

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