Italy's Olympic committee votes to submit a joint bid formed by Milan
Italy's Olympic committee (CONI) voted on Wednesday to submit a joint bid formed by Milan, Turin and the Alpine resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.
CONI's executive committee unanimously backed the bid which it described as an "innovative project" that would that give "the greatest chances of success of the candidature for the whole of Italy," CONI said in a statement.
Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala, however, has already said that, while his city is willing to host events, it does not want any governance role in organizing the Games.
CONI had first expressed an interest in bidding for the Games in March.
According to the "masterplan" presented by CONI, Milan and Turin would share ice hockey and speed skating while Milan would also host figure skating and curling.
Cortina would stage ski-jumping, alpine skiing, and some sliding events. Smaller Alpine venues such as Bormio, Trento and Livigno would also be used.
Four other venues -- Calgary in Canada, Sapporo in Japan, Stockholm, and Erzurum, Turkey -- are involved in the so-called dialogue phase of the bidding process.
A bid from Sion, Switzerland, was derailed after a referendum where Swiss voters rejected a proposal to support it with public finances and a bid centered on Graz, Austria, also dropped out over a lack of public support.
The 2022 Winter Games will be held in Beijing after four other cities dropped out of the race, fearing soaring costs and size of the Olympics, leaving the Chinese capital and Kazakhstan’s Almaty as the only candidates.
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