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XXV Winter Olympic Games – Milan-Cortina 2026’s candidacy

The cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo are competing for the assignment of the XXV Winter Olympic Games scheduled for 2026. The two cities compete together and are now in competition only with the city of Stockholm, after the withdrawal of Graz, Sapporo, Sion and Calgary.

The final decision will be taken by members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the annual IOC session on June 24, 2019, in Lausanne, where Italy will be represented by CONI.

The Italian candidacy is based on the following objectives:
1) games for everyone. The organization will aim to create an exciting experience for all the categories involved: athletes, spectators, media, volunteers, authorities, sponsors, companies, Olympic family and all Italian citizens;
2) sustainable development and cooperation in the Alpine region. The Olympics will be a fundamental tool to guide the areas directly involved in the path of ever more sustainable development, and to strengthen cooperation in the broader framework of the macro-alpine region, thus bringing lasting economic and social benefits;
3) the promotion of Olympic development. The goal is to be a source of inspiration not only for Olympic and Paralympic athletes, but at all levels, so that sport and physical activity can become catalysts for changing life patterns;
4) the Alps as an important sports destination. We want to strengthen Italy’s position as the first host country for events and the Italian Alps as an important sports center;
5) strengthening the Olympic brand and adding value to the Olympic movement. Milan-Cortina 2026 fully responds to the IOC’s 2020 Agenda and to the “New Norm” reform by adopting a “partnership in achieving goals” philosophy.

For more detailed information, please visit the CONI website: