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IOC Says Sweden Silent On 2026 Olympic Bid Guarantees As Milano-Cortina Set To Win Support

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Reporting From Livigno, Italy – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed Wednesday that Sweden’s Stockholm-Åre 2026 Olympic Winter Games bid has yet to communicate with them about government guarantees since wrapping up an Evaluation Commission site visit March 16. Speaking from Livigno during a similar visit to Italy to inspect the Milano-Cortina 2026 bid, IOC Executive […]

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Sweden’s silence is actually really deafening. If they don’t meet the April 12th deadline while Italy has, then I would disregard that bid at that point. Cuz nothing is going to change with them in only 2-1/2 months that’s hasn’t changed in 2-1/2 years & more.

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I think Stockholm will quietly withdraw between now & the 12th. It could work out that they get to avoid losing the 2026 vote, watch Milan & whoever gets 2030 hopefully bring the Winter Olympics back to a sensible budget (especially if Milan really can pull it off 1984-style) & then come back with real support for 2034. Olympic bidding is largely about picking your battles & I do fear for Stockholm’s result & reaction if they go up with no guarantees against a fully-backed Milan. 

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Italy is virtually bankrupt though, even if Salvini claims he doesn‘t care.

Govt is guaranteeing money it doesn‘t really have, but well, the IOC can‘t be pucky these days.

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Lombardy & Veneto have the money, though. That’s why they were willing to guarantee the Games themselves before the federal gov’t finally decided to.

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