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Date : 05 Oct 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 5, 2018: Three cities, Calgary (Canada), Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) and Stockholm (Sweden) have been recommended by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board (EB) as candidate cities for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.
The IOC Executive Board having reviewed the report from the Olympic Winter Games Working Group 2026 which assessed the feasibility of four bidding cities decided to recommend Calgary, Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo and Stockholm as potential hosts for the 2026 Winter Games. The fourth bid city was Erzurum (Turkey).
The final decision will be taken at the IOC Session, which takes place on October 8 and 9 in Buenos Aires.
The maximum use of existing infrastructure was one of the main facets the Working Group looked for in all four bids as it analysed the preliminary plans through the lens of Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm.
The report also focused on the Games project merging with local, regional and national long-term development plans so as to make them more feasible and sustainable, leaving a tangible legacy.
The IOC EB too note that as a result, the positive impact of Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm could be seen among all bid cities for the 2026 Games. On average, the cities plan to use 80 per cent of existing or temporary facilities, compared to 60 per cent among the Candidate Cities for the Olympic Winter Games 2018 and 2022. In addition, the initial Games operating costs projected by the 2026 candidate cities was 15 per cent, or approximately US$300 million, lower than those of cities in the two previous candidature process.
The Working Group said Calgary breathes the legacy of the 1988 Games and can make optimal use of existing venues for 2026. Calgary also boasts of valuable experience and expertise in hosting winter sports competitions and other major events.
Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo combine the advantages of a big European city and those of a popular mountain resort region in the Italian Alps. The candidature benefits from the region’s strong winter sports history, tradition and experience, as well as the Italians love for sports.
Stockholm, a modern global capital with a historic city centre, has proposed venues in the heart of the city that would elevate and energise the Games experience.
The timing for 2026 was challenging for Erzurum the Working Group said. The concentration of investment in general infrastructure such as accommodation, transport, energy and telecommunications would be extremely high. Significant investment would also be needed in sports venues. Erzurum nevertheless presents great promise for the long-term future.
The IOC EB wished all the Interested Cities the best of luck going forward.
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