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DECISION DAY FOR 2026 WINTER OLYMPICS - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
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The decision is made today for the host city for the next but one Winter Games. Will they be held in Italy or Sweden? PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED



At the weekend the last-minute changes were made to the final presentations to be made by Stockholm-Åre in Sweden and the Italian bid of Milan-Cortina.

On Monday afternoon the two candidates got their last chance to sway the vote.

Shortly after 4pm Swiss time, 3pm British Summer Time, the IOC members began to cast their votes.

The decision should be known around 6pm Swiss time.

This was the scene at the IOC Session in Lausanne as the bidders prepared for a final push to persuade the electorate.

The IOC SessionThe IOC Session













We'll bring the result and the reaction later.

The clear favourite is the Italian bid with greater popular support, government backing and stronger financial guarantees.

But it looked like being the Winter Olympics that no-one wanted as a string of potential hosts pulled out.

Austrian cities Innsbruck and Graz, Sion in Switzerland and Calgary in Canada all fell by the wayside after failing to win public support.

In the end it's come down to a choice between two dual-host European rivals.

One thing is for certain - the 2026 Winter Olympics will be held in Europe.

It will be the first Winter Games in the continent of Europe since Sochi in 2014, coming after the two Asian games of Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022.

If Milan-Cortina triumphs it will be the third Winter Olympics to take place in Italy.

Cortina d'Ampezzo hosted the 1956 Games and Turin the 2006 Games.

Turin Winter Olympics 2006Italy last held the Winter Olympics in 2006
















But if Stockholm-Åre gets the vote, it will be the first to be held in Sweden, though it did have the 1912 Summer Olympics.

There were early doubts over both the surviving bidders but they now have come back fighting:

2026 Winter Olympic biddersDecision time









Both wannabe hosts have sent big hitters to the HQ on the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne in Switzerland for the final presentations ahead of the vote on Monday afternoon.

Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven arrived on Sunday and will attend the Session to show their support for the bid.

Sweden has a large delegation of its athletes, among them Winter and Summer Olympic champions and World Champions.

They include the alpine skier Frida Hansdotter and ski cross athlete Anna Holmlund.

The Latvian bobsledder Jänis Kipurs is also part of the Swedish delegation.

If Stockholm-Åre wins, the Sigulda track over the border in Latvia will host the sliding events.

Prime Minister Löfven and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström have united to support the bid.

Swedish PM & Foreign MinisterSwedish PM & Foreign Minister - photo Stockholm-Åre 2026
















"We are a strong winter sports nation, the Prime Minister said.

"We are very good at arranging big championships and we have shown it last winter with two major championships."

Margot Wallström said the IOC could trust Sweden to deliver a memorable Games.

"I believe that it would contribute to the positive image of Sweden and it is important not only for business abroad, but also for keeping Sweden united," she said

"For us, it is important to win the vote."

The Milan-Cortina bid is seen as the front runner after scoring highly in the IOC's Evaluation Commission report.

Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic bidderFront runner?













It has sent 16 athletes from summer and winter sports.

They include the Pyeongchang 2018 downhill champion Sofia Goggia.

The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, is also in Lausanne.

A new poll commissioned in Sweden has seen a gentle rise in public support for the Stockholm Åre bid.

The survey of 1,001 people found 63% in favour when respondents were informed about "Agenda 2020 and New Norm-inspired sustainability safeguards embedded in the Games plan".

It was carried out on people aged 18 to 79 from June 13 to 17.

The poll found 11% against.

26% were neutral or did not know if they supported the candidacy.

The figures mark a boost for the Swedish bid.

An earlier poll show 55% were in favour in Sweden, with 54% support in Stockholm and 59% Jämtland, where Åre is located.

This was lower than their rivals as the IOC opinion poll found 83% support in Italy, 87% in Milan, 81% in Lombardy and 80% in Veneto.

So, what's the timescale and when will know where the 2026 Winter Olympics will be?

TIMETABLE (Swiss time, which is one hour ahead of BST)

  • Morning - the ‘technical' presentations by the bid cities will be given to the IOC in closed session each lasting 45 minutes.
  • 2pm* - the final public presentations of the bid cities begin, each lasting 30 minutes.
  • 3.15pm - the IOC's Evaluation Commission gives its presentation on the two bidders, followed by a Q & A session.
  • 4pm - IOC members vote
  • 6pm (TBC)  - the decision is announced.
  • 6.30pm - the host city signs the contract and holds a news conference.

*The afternoon presentations, the election and the news conference are being streamed live on the IOC's YouTube channel and on Periscope.

Olympic ringsThe big prize awaits













We will be watching events closely so do check back on PlanetSKI for the result and all the reaction.

In the meantime, let's not forget that the next Winter Olympics is coming up in less than three years.

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