June 24, 2019 / 4:05 PM / 3 months ago

Olympics-Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo awarded the 2026 Winter Games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 24 (Reuters) - Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo on Monday were awarded the 2026 Winter Olympic Games after a vote by the International Olympic Committee membership.

Milan beat Stockholm for the right to host the Games in seven years' time.

The two were the only candidates left after four other cities -- Swiss city Sion, Japan's Sapporo, Austria's Graz and 1988 hosts Calgary in Canada -- had dropped out of the race with concerns over the size and cost of the event. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann)

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