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Stockholm 2026 Will Be Tough To Beat Says Italian Olympic Committee Chief On Milan-Cortina Bid

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Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) President Giovanni Malagò admitted Wednesday that his nation’s rival 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid from Sweden would be difficult to beat if both cities make it to the June election. A joint bid between Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo remains in the running with only Stockholm after five of seven […]

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If it makes it to the vote and can get the finances sorted - maybe.  Even though can the IOC give the Games to a city whose residents just do not want the Games?  Are we at a point where the will of the people will be just over-ruled out of hand?  At the end of the day you can say the residents of Stockholm/Are/Falun etc will have 7 years to get excited - but they will also have 7 years to protest, disrupt and cause mischief.  

It is a bizarre situation.

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The IOC cannot afford giving the Games to a city that doesn't want it, plain and simple.

The uproar in Sweden would be massive I guess. And how often does a city government have to tell the Swedish NOC that they don't want it?

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If I was in the IOC I would give Italy the deadline of January 11 with the commitments and I will understand the reason why Stockholm bid does not have support yet for 2026 with No government in Sweden ATM, I would say to the Stockholm guys the 2030 Winter Games is you're for the taking when the government is formed but it's looking like there will be another election around March to May with the government being formed around June and award the 2030 Winter Games to Sweden at the next IOC session in 2020. Also the Stockholm city government said No to 2026 but could be open to be having the 2030 or 2034 Winter Games.

It's time to start making Plan B host city by ring up the mayor of Almaty and the President of Kazakhstan and say the 2026 Winter Games are your'es for the taking if Italy don't commit by January 11 then start calling up Kazakhstan, We could have Almaty Kazakhstan 2026 - Stockholm Sweden 2030.

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3 hours ago, StefanMUC said:

And how often does a city government have to tell the Swedish NOC that they don't want it?

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58 minutes ago, Olympianfan said:

It's time to start making Plan B host city by ring up the mayor of Almaty and the President of Kazakhstan and say the 2026 Winter Games are your'es for the taking if Italy don't commit by January 11 then start calling up Kazakhstan, We could have Almaty Kazakhstan 2026 - Stockholm Sweden 2030.

Nope. There’s a reason why the USOC nominated SLC last week as their “future” Games’ bid candidate (which you’re conveniently ignoring so you can throw this a$shat idea about). So if anything, I could see SLC 2026 & Stockholm 2030 rather than your outlandish scenario.

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2 hours ago, RuFF said:

Does the fact that Stockholm’s bid is private make any difference? I’m wondering if the IOC would consider infusing the private bid with money and attempt to convince the country to cover just security costs? 

Ok, but the security costs still cost billions. That, in itself, is STILL pretty expensive. 

Quoting Zeeshan Aleem from Vox:

Allen Sanderson, a sports economist at the University of Chicago, says that post-9/11 security “adds between $2 and 5 billion to the price tag to start with.”

That's a lot. And, considering it's, well, Sweden, even that might be hard to get support for.

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No Olympic Games (let alone a Winter Olympics) has had security costs of $5 Billion. Although, we’re definitely heading well into the $2 Billion mark with the upcoming Summer Olympic Games (2020, 2024 & 2028). Recent Winter Olympics have been approaching the $1 Billion mark & it’s safe to assume that by the 2026 Winter Games that number could easily reach about the $1.5 Billion mark (that was about the price tag for London’s 2012 security). 

But even still, it’s not just the expensive cost of the Games themselves that the Swedes (or Scandinavians) in general are against. It’s also “the disruption & huge influx of ‘ugly foreigners’ being brought forth to their otherwise tranquil country” that they really don’t like/want. At least that was their main gripe against the Stockholm 2004 summer bid (back in ‘97), & I don’t see that mentality having changed that much there since then about hosting the Games. It’s quite evident that they don’t at least want it now, either, having snubbed the 2022 bid & now this 2026 attempt only hanging on by a mere thread.

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Scandinavia doesnt want the games anymore.  Switzerland, Austria and Germany dont want the games anymore.  Eastern Europe doesnt want the games anymore (outside of Sochi).  Only the Italy bid, and possibly a perfect storm in France (which is a nation whose political identity is as confused as ever these days and cannot be considered reliable), could a games come back to europe.  

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3 hours ago, mountainboarder_530@yahoo. said:

Scandinavia doesnt want the games anymore.  Switzerland, Austria and Germany dont want the games anymore.  Eastern Europe doesnt want the games anymore (outside of Sochi).  Only the Italy bid, and possibly a perfect storm in France (which is a nation whose political identity is as confused as ever these days and cannot be considered reliable), could a games come back to europe.  

Unless the new future Catalonia Republic wants to go for the Winter Olympic Games with Barcelona Paris 2024 might be the last Western European Olympic and Paralympics Games for awhile 20-30 years the only places in Europe which could very likely put forward a bid is Hungary now Vitkor Orban have constitutional powers he could write in hosting the Olympics Games in it which would be great for the 2032 Summer Games in Budapest and Russia.

Kazakhstan might be the place to save the 2026 Winter Games if they don't want to go back to Sochi Russia too soon also the LA 2028 guys could stop the 2026 USA Games the world is changing fast and Europe is in the decline the market for sports growth is in Asia right now with that we will see more games in Asia Azerbaijan could host a Winter Games. Chilean and Argentinean Winter Games could be great for the American TV markets as Canada have the European problem right now as well.

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15 hours ago, FYI said:

No Olympic Games (let alone a Winter Olympics) has had security costs of $5 Billion. 

Well, no games in a western country, anyway.

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Up until Sochi 2014, London 2012 had the highest security tab of $1.5 Billion (even surpassing Beijing 2008). From what I could find, Russia spent anywhere from $2-$3 Billion on security for Sochi 2014. Still nowhere near $5 Billion, but it does make it an anomaly & the costliest security tab for an Olympic Games (summer or winter), at least for now anyway.

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