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IOC says Stockholm/Sigulda bid meets requirements to host 2026 Winter Olympics

BC, Riga, 24.05.2019.Print version

-One month ahead of the host city election, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today released the report by the Evaluation Commission 2026, informed LETA. 

It provides a thorough assessment of the two candidates, Stockholm-Are-Sigulda and Milan-Cortina.

The Chair of the Evaluation Commission, Octavian Morariu, said: “Both projects prioritize legacy and sustainability by capitalizing on winter sports tradition and experience, with first-rate, established World Cup venues, knowledgeable and passionate fans, volunteers and event organizers. They have fully embedded the Olympic Agenda 2020 philosophy, and have athletes at the center of their plans.”

He added: “The two candidates have aligned their concepts with their context and local long-term goals. All of this led to massive cost savings and a more sustainable hosting model that is the new reality for the Games.”

The Candidate Cities 2026 plan to use on average over 80% existing or temporary venues, compared to 60 percent for the 2018 and 2022 candidates.

The host city of the 2026 Olympic Games will be chosen in June during the IOC session in Lausanne, Switzerland.

As reported, the joint bid of the Swedish capital Stockholm and the Latvian town of Sigulda has been officially included in the shortlist of candidates to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee announced in October.

Stockholm is competing against the combined bid of two Italian cities - Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

If Stockholm wins the race, the Olympic luge, bobsleigh and skeleton competitions will be held in Sigulda.

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