Stockholm's 2026 Olympics bid under threat from city's new coalition government

Stockholm's bid to host the 2026 Olympics is at risk just three days after the International Olympic Committee formally approved the city among three candidates.

Swedish media report that 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."



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