Northern Italy was chosen Monday as the site of the 2026 Winter Olympics, with hosting to be shared by Milan, the economic and fashion capital, and the ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo as the International Olympic Committee desperately tries to curb waning interest, spiraling costs and white-elephant competition venues associated with the Games. The Italian bid was chosen over the only other candidate, a dual bid between Stockholm and the ski resort of Are, Sweden, in a vote of 47-34 by I.O.C. delegates. Northern Italy had been expected to win, given that there was much broader public support there and a greater willingness by government officials to offer financial guarantees. While both bids offered countries where winter sports thrive and where there is experience hosting major events — Cortina hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics — the candidacies struggled at times to become convincing choices. And in the second bidding process in a row, the Winter Games ended up with only two finalists after five other potential candidates withdrew or were deemed insufficiently prepared. With fewer cities willing to bankroll the billions needed to operate the Winter Games, the 2026 finalists reflected the I.O.C.'s effort at reform by allowing Olympic hosting… Read full this story
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