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New Stockholm city leadership doubts 2026 Winter Olympics bid

Europe, Europa
12.10.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Stockholm (dpa) - The incoming coalition set to govern the Swedish capital Stockholm Friday said they were cool over ambitions to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, despite a recent nod from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Anna Konig Jerlmyr of the Conservatives, and tipped to be new mayor, said there was no political majority for a bid and there was "a lack of basic data."

She was speaking at a news conference after four centre-right parties, known as the Alliance, and the Greens announced they have agreed to rule Stockholm city hall for the coming four-year period.

"Stockholm is facing other large challenges that we have to work with. Therefore Stockholm will not host the 2026 Winter Olympics," added Karin Ernlund of the Centre Party.

Sweden held municipal, county and national elections a month ago. A national government has yet to be formed.

The Swedish capital hosted the 1912 summer Olympic Games. Several other Swedish bids have also failed, most recently Ostersund that contended for the 2002 Winter Games.

The IOC decide the 2026 host at a congress in Lausanne next September.

Earlier this week it named Stockholm a finalist together with Calgary in Canada, and a Milan-Cortina d‘Ampezzo joint bid from Italy.

The president of the Swedish Olympic Committee, Mats Arjes, told Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter he hoped to met with the new city leadership to clarify the financial terms.

"I want to underline that we have not made any financial demands on the city of Stockholm," he said. 

The 2022 Winter Games are to be held in Beijing.

 

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