Stockholm’s bid to host the 2026 Olympics is at risk just three days after the IOC formally approved the city among three candidates. Swedish media report a new coalition deal to run Stockholm’s city government, between a center-right alliance and environmentalists, requires no taxpayer funding for a Winter Games.
If Stockholm drops out, the IOC will be left with Calgary, Canada, and the combined Italian bid of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. A June vote is scheduled. Calgary’s bid faces a Nov. 13 referendum, and full government support is not guaranteed in Italy.
Amid widespread public concern at Olympic hosting costs, IOC vice president Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. acknowledged this week: “We have to make a huge effort in explaining ourselves better.”