2026 Milano-Cortina sliding events to be held outside Italy: organisers

The government of Italy opted not to invest in a new arena. Thus, the sliding competitions at the Milano-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics will take place elsewhere, according to Giovanni Malago, the head of the games’ organizing committee.

The government had opted not to invest in a site for the Games, leaving organizers with little choice except to hunt for one elsewhere, Malago stated during an International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting.

During the Games, the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton contests are held in the sliding center. Italy’s idea to build a new sliding center where an old, abandoned venue formerly stood ran into difficulties right from the outset of planning.

Malago stated of a tender issued this year: “The ability to attract some construction companies carrying out the complex project that is the sliding center has not produced many results.”

The Italian government informed us that it would weigh the best and most environmentally friendly choice. Should postpone building a sliding center and shift the sliding competition to an existing operational location.

“As a result Milano-Cortina has to identify another venue outside Italy.”

In addition to locations in Germany and France, sliding centers may be found close to Italy Sw, Switzerland, and Austria.

Games CEO Andrea Varnier says, “We are considering every option because it’s not just about transferring competition; it’s much more than that.

There are several consequences because it’s the Olympic Games. It covers a lot of ground. It involves more than merely hiring a sliding facility and competing. We will thus spend some time and consult with all the open centers.

It is highly uncommon to move an Olympic sporting event to another nation; the 1956 Games’ equestrian contests were moved from Melbourne to Stockholm because of quarantine limitations in Australia.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics’ equestrian competitions were held in Hong Kong, which rejoined China in 1997 but continues to have its own independent National Olympic Committee.

“We are already working to explore all possible solutions,” stated Malago.

“Before presenting the option to our board for final approval, we will evaluate options with the IOC and the international federations.

Malago stated, without elaborating on the potential effects, “A decision like this will impact the operation and has a consequence on the budget of the organizing committee.”

The IOC has loosened hosting regulations with towns that lack specialized venues in recent years, promoting the use of existing ones- even in foreign nations to cut costs and streamline operations.

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