Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo to host 2026 Winter Olympics

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Published on June 24, 2019 - Duration: 01:26s
Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo beat out Stockholm to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.
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Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo to host 2026 Winter Olympics

SHOWS: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (JUNE 24, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "The members of the International Olympic Committee have elected the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2026.

The host is (as he opens the envelope)... Milano-Cortina!" 2.

VARIOUS OF ITALIAN DELEGATION BURSTING OUT IN JOY, WAVING ITALIAN FLAGS 3.

ITALIAN DELEGATION CELEBRATING IN AUDITORIUM WHERE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ITALIAN NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT, GIOVANNI MALAGO, SAYING: "This is a very, very important result, not only for me, but for the whole country." 5.

NEWS BRIEFING 6.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "My assumption is that what was key and what finally made the difference was the gap in the public support.

The 83 (percent support of Italian population for the bid) to the 55% (support of Swedish population for the bid).

This was for, many members, a clear signal." STORY: Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo are promising an Italian Olympics packed with style and elan after winning the right to stage the 2026 Winter Games on Monday (June 24).

Milan earned 47 votes from the International Olympic Committee membership, compared to Stockholm's 34, prompting loud celebrations from the bid team, which had earlier included Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Milan and Stockholm were the only candidates left after four other cities - Switzerland's Sion, Japan's Sapporo, Austria's Graz and 1988 hosts Calgary in Canada - had dropped out of the race with concerns over the size and cost of the event.

Turkey's Erzurum was cut by the IOC.

The Games organisational budget is at $1.7 billion dollars according to the bid file but that does not include infrastructure projects.

IOC President Thomas Bach said strong public support in Italy of over 80% was a key factor, with Stockholm having had just over 50% of local support in a recent IOC-commissioned poll.

Stockholm's refusal to sign the host contract if the city won was another factor.

Co-hosts Are would have done it.

"My assumption is that what was key and what finally made the difference was the gap in the public support.

The 83 (percent support of Italian population for the bid) to the 55% (support of Swedish population for the bid)... This was for many members a clear signal," Bach said.

Italy last hosted the Winter Olympics in 2006 in Turin while Cortina staged the Winter Games back in 1956.

"I am really emotional, this is a very, very important result, not only for me, but for the whole country," said bid chief Giovanni Malago.

Sweden, a winter sports powerhouse which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1912, has now bid eight times unsuccessfully for the Winter Games.

Sweden also failed to land the 2004 Summer Olympics.

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