Italian Olympic Committee nominates Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Milan-Cortina is Italy’s two-pronged choice to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, Italian news networks confirmed Monday.

Italian Olympic Committee nominates Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel competes in the FIS Alpine World Cup on January 21, 2018 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italian Alps. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

The country has chosen to put in a dual bid this year from both Milan in the region of Lombardy and the Alpine town of Cortina d'Ampezzo in the neighbouring Veneto region.

The head of Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI), Giovanni Malagò, officially confirmed to Lombardy and Veneto governors Attilo Fontana and Luca Zaia that he had signed the application papers early Monday.

Fontana made the announcement during a meeting of his regional council the same day.

“It is news that we expected – we are very happy and we will start working hard to make an application that will be approved by the International Olympics Committee,” he said.

One person who wasn’t so happy to receive the news was Turin mayor Chiara Appendino.

“This candidacy is incomprehensible for us,” she told reporters at a press conference in Turin’s Chamber of Commerce.

“They are going to have to build facilities where there are none – Turin was the least expensive option and whoever takes on this decision is going to have to explain themselves to the country.”

“Turin's candidacy is still in play,” she insisted.

CONI had initially planned to put in a three-city bid with Milan, Cortina, and Turin, but dropped Turin from the process in September due to in-fighting over leadership of the bid, according to the Associated Press.

In response to reporters' questions about how Italy would come up with the funds necessary to finance the event, an elated Fontana said “Let's start by winning, then we'll talk about it. The funds are not the main problem, that can be solved.”

Some sceptics have, however, noted that Veneto previously had to drop its candidacy to host the 2020 Cycling World Cup because it was unable to guarantee the 6 million euros needed to put together the event, according to La Repubblica.




Turin chosen to host Eurovision Song Contest in 2022

The next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2022 will be held in the northern Italian city of Turin, organisers confirmed on Friday.

Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP

“Turin has won the race to become the host city of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, having triumphed over 16 other competing bids,” read a statement on the contest’s official website.

“The Grand Final will be held in PalaOlimpico on Saturday 14 May with Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.”

“We won! Turin has won!” mayor Chiara Appendino wrote in a celebratory post on Facebook.

Italian state broadcaster Rai said Turin had beaten off competition from the cities of Milan, Bologna, Rimini and Pesaro to host the event.

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Turin will be the third Italian city to host the event after Naples (which hosted in 1965) and Rome (1991), after Rome-based rock band Måneskin’s victory in Rotterdam earlier this year with the song ‘Zitti e buoni’.

That event, watched by 183 million people, was Italy’s third Eurovision win and its first for three decades.

‘Turin is the perfect Host City for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest,” said Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl.

“As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale and we have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment from the City of Turin who will welcome thousands of fans next May.”

“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Italy in 30 years and, together with our Host broadcaster Rai, we are determined to make it a special one.’

Turin was home to the 2006 Winter Olympics and is hosting the ATP Finals tennis tournament next month.