The organising committee for the 2026 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo has been officially created.
The Milano Cortina 2026 Foundation has been established by founding members including Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala; Mayor of Cortina, Gianpietro Ghedina; president of the Lombardy region, Attilio Fontana; president of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia; president of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), Giovanni Malagò; and president of the Italian Paralympic Committee, Luca Pancalli.
The Foundation’s board of directors will include 22 members, with 10 to come from the world of sport and 10 from the territories involved in the organisation of the Games. A representative from the government and the president of the Foundation will complete the board of directors.
The organising committee was formed ahead of the start of the operation seminar for Milano Cortina 2026, which will see the first visit of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) Coordination Commission chair Sari Essayah to the host city. Essayah, a Finnish Olympian and IOC member, was appointed to the role last month.
Vincenzo Novari was last month announced as the chief executive of the Games. Novari served as chief executive of 3Italia from 2001 to 2016, when the telecommunications company merged with Wind.
Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo was awarded hosting rights for the Games in June after defeating a bid from Swedish rival Stockholm 47-34 in a vote by IOC members.
Italy will stage the winter Olympics just 20 years after it last did so, with Turin having hosted in 2006. Cortina also hosted the 1956 winter Olympics.
The first full IOC Coordination Commission visit to Milano Cortina 2026 will be in September 2020.