Lausanne: The 2026 Winter Olympics will be staged at the Italian location of Milan / Cortina d & Ampezzo after making a bid from Stockholm / Are in Sweden, the International Olympic Committee said Monday.
The games will run from February 6 – 22 in 2026.
Italy has twice hosted the Winter Olympics – in 1956 in Cortina d & # 39; Ampezzo and 2006 in Turin.
Sweden only organized the Summer Olympics, in 1912 in Stockholm.
IOC members ordered the Italian with 47 votes against 34.
"It is a historic day and a victory for all Italians," said Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
"Thanks to those who believed in it from the start, especially in the municipalities and regions, and bad luck for those who gave up and who didn't believe."
Salvini estimated that the Games will generate five billion euros ($ 5.69 billion) and create 20,000 jobs.
"Congratulations to Milan / Cortina d & # 39; Ampezzo: we can expect great and memorable winter games in a country with a tradition of winter sports," said IOC President Thomas Bach.
"The passion and knowledge of Italian fans, combined with the experience of organizing events, will create a perfect atmosphere for the best athletes in the world."
On the way to the 2026 decision, bids from Calgary, Graz in Austria, Japan's Sapporo and Sion in Switzerland were canceled, mainly due to costs or a lack of support from the population.
An offer from the Turkish ski resort Erzurum was excluded by the IOC in October 2018.
The offer from Stockholm and the Are ski area – which hosted the ski championships world championships in February – had come to a halt a few months ago due to a lack of financing obligations before the government moved away.
The 2022 Winter Olympics will be staged in Beijing.