Stockholm and Milan clear final hurdle in 2026 Olympics race
Stockholm-Åre and Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo, the two bidders for the 2026 winter Olympic Games, have both submitted their full candidature files to the International Olympic Committee, complete with government guarantees, and in Stockholm's case a letter from the Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfvén underlining his support.
In recent weeks, the two bids received backing from their respective national governments - Stockholm's came just last week, one month after the IOC evaluation commission visit - after both were granted extra time by the IOC when submissions were made in January.
The Stockholm-Åre 2026 bid team said it has submitted over 200 warranties and guarantees including among other elements the state security documents, as well as guarantees and undertakings in relation to local councils, venues, hotels, logistics and finance.
Löfvén wrote in a letter to IOC president Thomas Bach that Sweden would be an "outstanding, vibrant and forward-thinking" host.
The candidature also anticipates staging sliding events in Sigulda in Latvia, with the necessary guarantees from the Latvian government already secured.
Richard Brisius, chief executive of Stockholm-Åre 2026, said the support of the Swedish government was an "important milestone", adding: “We continue the positive work with our bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to help create something new and something lasting, for the Olympic Movement. I am confident that we have a bid that is tailor made to the new reality of the IOC and that will bring the Winter Games to Sweden, a dependable, capable nation that loves winter sports.”
Milan-Cortina said in a statement: "The candidacy process involving the Italian government, the cities of Milan and Cortina, the regions of Lombardy and Veneto, the provinces of Trento and Bolzano, the Italian Olympic Committee and the Italian Paralympic Committee was concluded with great satisfaction.”
The host city will be decided in a vote at the International Olympic Committee session in Lausanne on 24 June.