The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has three official candidates to host the 2026 Winter Games and a new timetable to pick the winner.
As reported by AP, the 2026 Olympics contest is between Calgary, Canada; Stockholm, Sweden; and the combined Italian bid of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo after IOC members formally backed the bids recommended last week by their executive board. A fourth contender, Erzurum in Turkey, was dropped by the board last week amid concern about high spending on essential projects.
Voters in Switzerland and Austria already toppled potential 2026 bids. Recent Olympic hosting contests saw bids fail due to public opposition or government doubts in Scandinavia, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland.
IOC member Alex Gilady of Israel blamed it on a "very few, very noisy people" who want to harm the Olympics in a debate about creating more flexible bid races and more efficient hosting projects. He told fellow members, “Be ready to debate with whoever because we are very much right. The magic of the Olympic Games, the good things, do not come at a significant financial burden, or risk for the communities that will host us.”