The 2026 Winter Olympic Games will take place in Italy’s Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, which have won in the competition for the right to host Olympic Games with Sweden, which planned to delegate certain ice sports to Latvia’s Sigulda.
This means Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo will also host the Winter Paralympic Games in 2026.
The location for the next Winter Olympic Games was picked through a vote of members of the International Olympic Committee – Italy’s offer received 47 votes, whereas Sweden’s offer received 34 votes.
The official number of committee members is 95, but only 83 took part in the vote. Additionally, President of International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach usually abstains in such votes. Another member of the committee had also abstained in the vote, making the real number of votes 81.
After the announcement of the location for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, Italy’s delegation in Lasagna cheered loudly.
«Italy, the future and sport have won. Thanks to those who believed in it right away. With the Winter Olympics we will confirm our excellence and our skills to the world,» said Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini.
Winter Olympic Games will return to Italy again after the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin and the 1956 Winter Olympic Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Italy as a host for the next Winter Olympic Games also gathered a lot of support from local residents – 83%.
The 2026 Winter Olympic Games will be taking place from 6th to 22nd February, whereas the Paralympic games will be taking place from 6th to 15th March.
Sweden has suffered defeat in attempts to host Olympic Games for the eighth consecutive time. The last time the country hosted them was 1912.
Around 70 members of the delegation in Lasagna supported Sweden’s offer. Among them were also Latvia’s representatives, including the 1988 Olympic Games champion in bobsleigh Jānis Ķipurs.
South Korea’s Pyeongchang, which hosted last year’s Winter Olympic Games, had to compete with Germany’s Munich and France’s Annecy, whereas China’s capital city of Beijing competed with only one other city – Kazakhstan’s Almaty – for the rights to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.