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First Winter Olympics in Italy in 20 years




(MENAFN) In an announcement on Monday, IOC President Thomas Bach congratulated Italy for winning the bid to host the 2026 winter Olympics and Paralympics, mentioning that he he"s expecting the Winter Games Milan/Cortina 2026 to provide "iconic venues and beautiful settings, combining the attractions of a modern European metropolis with a classic Alpine environment."
The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) in early October announced that Italy would officially apply its bid to accommodate the Winter Olympics 2026 with a twofold submission, involving the northern city of Milan and the mountain town of Cortina d'Ampezzo.
As Milan is Italy"s major economic center, Cortina d'Ampezzo recognized as the "Queen" or the "Pearl" of the Dolomites mountains, is considered one of the most eye-catching ski resorts crossways the arc of the Italian Alps.
President Sergio Mattarella messaged the IOC to support Milan/Cortina candidacy, promising that Italy would be "ready to welcome" the Winter Games with its traditions of hospitality, in case of victory, he added "In an Alpine theatre of extraordinary beauty... with great enthusiasm, we will make all athletes and audience feel at home, confirming sport as a tool of friendship, peace, and brotherhood," Mattarella said.

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First Winter Olympics in Italy in 20 years

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