International Olympic Committee: Seven cities interested in hosting 2026 Winter Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that seven cities, or joint-bidding cities, have expressed interest in hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Canada’s Calgary, Austria’s Graz, Swedish capital Stockholm, Sion in Switzerland, Turkey’s Erzurum, Japan’s Sapporo and a joint bid from Italy’s Cortina d’Ampezzo, Milan and Turin are in the initial stages of the process.

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Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Games and Sapporo staged the 1972 event, while Cortina organized the 1956 Winter Olympics.

The cities will now enter a dialogue stage until October, when the IOC will invite an unspecified number of them to take part in the one-year candidature phase.

The bidding process for Games has been overhauled after a sharp slump in interest from potential cities in recent years.

Costs for bid cities were cut and the campaign time was slashed in half.