ROME: Italy is planning to enter Olympic bidding yet again – possibly this time with more determination after the 2020 and 2024 embarrassments – with the 2026 Winter Games in view.
Sports Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti and Giovanni Malago, president of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and prospective IOC member, have confirmed a plan for a three-centre proposal involving Milan, Turin and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
A two-day meeting came up with the plan which may force a final decision from the wavering Calgary bid but may also confuse the IOC since it would not be specifically related – as per charter – to one city.
Giorgetti said: “We want to put together an application for the entire region and which will be overseen by the government, since it is not a concept for one city but the whole country. ”
Milan, a front-runner for an Italian 2026 bid, would stage ice hockey, short track, curling and figure skating with acrobatic skiing, snowboarding, biathlon and cross-country skiing on a nearby alpine cluster.
Turin would also stage ice hockey as well as speed skating and with alpine skiing in Sestriere.
The established winter sports resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo would host downhill skiing, ski jumping and tobogganing, bobsleigh and skeleton.