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2026 Winter games

2026 Winter games - Host City - Who will it be?

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Host City for the 2026 Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympic Games is an international sporting event that is held in every four years for sports practiced on snow and ice. The first edition was held in 1924 in Chamonix, France.  The event has evolved over the course of time and new sports and disciplines have been added. The 2026 edition is officially known as the XXV Olympic Winter Games.  The international multi-sport event is going to be organized in a city designated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).  The host city for the event was supposed to be selected on September 2018 in Milan, Italy. However, the joint Italian bid of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, which made it past the candidature stage. Due to the rules by IOC, the host city will be selected in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Many cities had made their bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. Bids from Austria, Japan and Switzerland were dropped earlier this year. Erzurum, Turkey has been eliminated by the IOC due to a lack of infrastructure including transport, telecommunications, and airports. The IOC also cited security worries due to its proximity to Syria. The remaining three cities for the event are Calgary, Stockholm and Milan/Cortina d'Ampezzo. Any of the three cities could end up winning the bid, which will be decided next year.

Calgary, Canada

Calgary has previously hosted the 1988 edition of the Winter Olympics. Calgary already has valuable experience and expertise in hosting winter sports competitions and other major events. The city and its people have a deep love and affinity towards winter sports. The city can use their existing venues for the 2026 event.

Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden has experience of hosting, love for winter sports and established World Cup venues that are necessary for delivering the Winter Olympics. Stockholm made a 2022 Winter Games bid, which was dropped due to lack of political and financial support. This time Stockholm could win the bid and host the event.

Milan/Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

The bidding benefits from the region's strong winter sports history, their tradition, and experience. The Italians are well known for their love and passion for sports. However, the government wished Milan/Cortina well in winning the bid but they refused to put up any money for the event. Turin previously hosted the Winter Olympics in 2006.