Why insider says 2026 Olympics wouldn’t have been good fit for Calgary

Italy will host the 2026 Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo — a title that Calgary debated and voted on in 2018.

Rob Livingstone with GamesBids.com was in Switzerland for the announcement on Monday. He said Calgary would have lost to Sweden or Italy because of the way the International Olympic Committee was considering bids.

“The direction the IOC wants to go is to reduce the amount of build to reduce the costs,” he said.

“They put all these reforms in place and that’s the direction that both Sweden and Italy went. They proposed bids with very little construction.

“In Calgary, you wanted a field house, you wanted a stadium and that’s not happening in these other two countries, or at least, that’s not happening now that Italy is the winner.”

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach from Germany opens the envelope announcing that Milan – Cortina has won the bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, defeating the other cadidate Stockholm – Are, during the first day of the 134th Session of the IOC at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland on June 24, 2019.

Livingstone said Italy’s venues are spread across the country’s north and the country only proposed rebuilding a sliding track.

“Calgary wouldn’t match up well with that philosophy and that’s the direction the IOC wants to go,” he said.


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