LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — While the Winter Olympics still has issues attracting bidders, two candidates have stayed on Monday’s ballot to pick the 2026 host.
The contest is formally a choice between Milan-Cortina and Stockholm-Are . Effectively it is northern Italy against Sweden and Latvia as the costs and duties of Olympic hosting shift from cities to regions and multiple nations.
The International Olympic Committee hopes — and arguably needs — the 2026 Winter Games to ease concerns of taxpayers worldwide that hosting a two-week sports festival will be a too-expensive luxury.
“Both countries are very traditional and strong winter sport countries,” said IOC president Thomas Bach, who wanted a return to Europe after