4/6/2019 6:48:18 PM (GMT+3)

2026 Winter Olympics: IOC evaluation team happy with Milan-Cortina

2026 Winter Olympics: IOC evaluation team happy with Milan-Cortina

MILAN, Italy: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) evaluation commission concluded a five-day working visit to Italy, during which it verified that the Milan-Cortina candidature for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games has successfully embedded the recommendations of 2020 Olympic Agenda.

“We have evaluated what the best opportunity was for our country to join this Candidature Process. The result was to combine two fantastic regions, Lombardy and Veneto, and cities, Milan and Cortina, supported by other regions, in a very special mix of history, tradition and beauty,” said Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) President Giovanni Malago.

The visit started on Tuesday and comprised venue tours, meetings and discussions with the candidature team, as well as other stakeholders involved.

Evaluation Commission Chair Octavian Morariu described the joint bid by Italy’s financial capital and Dolomites ski resort Cortina D'Ampezzo as a “very competitive proposition”.

“We were impressed by the broad political backing from all levels of government. After our five days in Italy, we can also say that the overwhelming popular support is not a surprise. In all the cities we have visited, we met Italian athletes and organisers who know what they are doing and have a passion for what they do,” said Morariu.

The project maximises the use of venues that boast strong identification with their respective winter sports, and local people who are passionate about attending and organising world-class events year after year.

“Olympic Agenda 2020 has allowed the selection of venues with strong identities forged through and by sports. And we were pleased to learn that the Games can align with the local objectives of city development, environmental sustainability and economic growth,” added Morariu. (Source: IOC)