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Italy beats Sweden to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Members of the Italian delegation celebrate. Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP

Published: 24.Jun.2019 17:45 hrs

Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo has been chosen to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, beating Stockholm-Åre's bid.

"Congratulations to Milan-Cortina," said International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach in a statement. "We can look forward to outstanding and sustainable Olympic Winter Games in a traditional winter sports country."

"The passion and knowledge of Italian fans, together with experienced venue operators, will create the perfect atmosphere for the best athletes in the world. The Olympic Winter Games Milan-Cortina 2026 will feature iconic venues and beautiful settings, combining the attractions of a modern European metropolis with a classic Alpine environment," he added.

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