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Graz/Schladming aim for Austrian 2026 Winter Olympics bid

Europe, Europa
23.01.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Vienna (dpa) - The Austrian cities of Graz and Schladming aim to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, and some events could also be held in neighbouring Germany.

Mayors Siegfried Nagl of Granz and Juergen Winter of Schladming said on Tuesday ahead of a World Cup slalom in Schladming the towns in the Austrian state of Styria would bid as "Austria 2026" for the Games.

A letter of intent must be sent to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by March, and the host city is elected by the IOC at its Session next year in Milan.

Last year a Austrian bid from Innsbruck/Tyrol was rejected in a referendum.

A Graz/Schladming bid could make use of the many existing World Cup venues in the country, and see events in Germany such as sliding in Koeniggsee and speed skating in Inzell, the local Kleine Zeitung paper said.

The last Winter Games in the Alps region were 2006 in Turin, Italy.

Norway‘s Telemark region and Switzerland‘s Sion are also considering bids along with past hosts Calgary in Canada and Japan‘s Sapporo.

 

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