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Turin drops out of Italy’s 2026 Winter Olympics bid

The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) has confirmed that its official bid to host the 2026 Olympic Games will comprise Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, with Turin dropping out.

The proposed three-way bid collapsed on Tuesday, with Italy’s subsecretary of state for sport, Giancarlo Giorgetti, declaring the plan “dead” after announcing that the government would not offer its support to CONI’s proposal. Political differences had plagued the project from the start, with Turin refusing to acknowledge Milan as the lead city of the bid.

“I think that with an important thing like an Olympic bid, a spirit of agreement must prevail and I have not found that in the three cities,” Giorgetti said.

Later in the day, it was confirmed that Milan and the nearby Alpine resort of Cortina would submit a joint bid to the International Olympic Committee ahead of the final deadline for candidates at next month’s IOC Session in Buenos Aires. The Italian bid is expected to face competition from Calgary in Canada, Turkey’s Erzurum and Stockholm, Sweden.

The IOC will feel some relief that an Italian bid will still go ahead, having seen several candidate cities pull out of hosting races recently. Last week, Sapporo, Japan became the latest city to withdraw its candidacy for 2026.

The Italian government has form when it comes to withdrawing its support for Olympic bids, having previously put the brakes on Rome’s efforts to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games – a race which also saw Boston, Hamburg and Budapest pull out.