Italy's Milan/Cortina elected host of 2026 Winter Olympic Games

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-06-25 00:18
President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach announces Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo of Italy to host the 2026 Olympic Winter Games during the 134th session of International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 24, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Italian cities Milan/Cortina were elected host of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games at the 134th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) here on Monday.

IOC President Thomas Bach announced Milan/Cortina as the winner after they beat Sweden's Stockhom/Are 47-34 in a vote by 83 IOC members.

Giovanni Malago, President of the Italian National Olympic Committee, was emotional after the victory.

"We have so many things to say but I am very really emotional," he said at a press conference. "This is a very important result, not only for me, but for the whole country.

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