Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo have won the hosting rights to the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, defeating a rival bid from Stockholm-Åre.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) members voted 47-34 in favour of the Milan-Cortina bid. IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We can look forward to outstanding and sustainable Olympic Winter Games in a traditional winter sports country.
“The Olympic Winter Games Milan-Cortina 2026 will feature iconic venues and beautiful settings, combining the attractions of a modern European metropolis with a classic Alpine environment. The new Candidature Process has demonstrated the success of Olympic Agenda 2020.
“We have lowered the cost and complexity of developing Games projects, which now serve the long-term development goals of the host communities and have sustainability and legacy at their hearts. This has led to a significantly reduced organisation budget and the use of 93% existing or temporary competition venues.”
Following last year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the event will be hosted by Beijing in 2022 before heading to Italy.