MOSCOW, April 3. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) published on Tuesday a list of seven countries, which confirmed their intentions to bid for hosting the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that seven National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have expressed official interest in hosting the Olympic Winter Games 2026," the IOC said in its statement today.
According to the statement, the candidates and venues for hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games are: the Austrian Olympic Committee (Graz), the Canadian Olympic Committee (Calgary), the Italian Olympic Committee (Cortina d’Ampezzo/Milan/Turin), the Japanese Olympic Committee (Sapporo), the Swedish Olympic Committee (Stockholm), the Swiss Olympic Association (Sion) and the Turkish Olympic Committee (Erzurum).
Commenting on the decisions of the national Olympic committees to confirm their readiness to host the Games in 2026, IOC President Thomas Bach said "I warmly welcome the NOCs’ and cities’ interest in hosting the Olympic Winter Games."
"The IOC has turned the page with regard to Olympic candidatures," the statement from the IOC quoted Bach as saying. "Our goal is not just to have a record number of candidates, but ultimately it is to select the best city to stage the best Olympic Winter Games for the best athletes of the world."
The host city for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will be selected at the session of the IOC in September of 2019.