Italy to offer three cities for single 2026 Winter Games bid

The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) made a surprise selection for its 2026 Olympic Winter Games bid city, choosing all three – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Milan and Turin – to share the Games, and splitting the events between them.

This drew a quick response from the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, removing itself as a host city since it won’t be the sole host, but still allowing events to be held there.

CONI chief Giovanni Malago said “there will not be a leading city: it is an absolute novelty in the history of the candidature process and we have obtained from the IOC this possibility” of a multi-city bid.

What it could do is blow up the fiction of a single Olympic Village, an outdated and expensive concept that needs to change.