2026 Olympic Bids Pitch Winter Sports Chiefs

(ATR) Italian Olympic Committee president and IOC member Giovanni Malago plans to lead Milan-Cortina 2026 if bid succeeds.

(ATR) Italian Olympic Committee chief Giovanni Malago will head the Games organizing committee if Milan-Cortina secures the 2026 Olympics next month.

Around the Rings has learned that Malago told the IOC of his plans Tuesday after confirming his role at the helm of a future organizing committee. Malago met today with bid stakeholders, including Italy's undersecretary for sport Giancarlo Giorgetti.

IOC member Malago would remain president of the Italian NOC while leading the Milan 2026 organizing committee.

"If we are awarded the Games, the IOC would like to know the structure of governance well before [the IOC vote]," a bid spokesman tells ATR, adding that a CEO would be appointed if the Italian bid is chosen as the host city on June 24.

"The CEO will be a manager with international skills who will be appointed in agreement with the local authorities," Malago was quoted Tuesday by Italian news agency ANSA.

Earlier in the day, Malago participated in a video conference outlining Milan-Cortina’s Olympic vision to the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations. The briefing was held at SportAccord in Gold Coast, Australia.

CONI secretary general Carlo Mornati was the sole representative of the 2026 Milan bid to attend SportAccord.

The IOC had urged the two bids to downsize their physical presence at SportAccord to cut costs. There have been dozens of bid representatives at past SportAccords when multiple cities have been in the race for an Olympics.

Milan-Cortina’s pitch to the winter sports included speeches by Malago, Giorgetti, the mayors of Milan and Cortina as well as the two governors of the North Italian regions. The video segment was narrated by ItalianOlympic medalist in short track speed skating, Arianna Fontana.

According to Italian media reports, Italy’s Olympic alpine skiing gold medalist Alberto Tomba is set to star for the bid at the IOC vote in Lausanne on June 24. Tomba last campaigned for a Winter Olympic bid in 2007 when he endorsed PyeongChang 2014.

Stockholm-Are 2026 also pitched members of the winter federation group via video conference at SportAccord on Tuesday.

Bid CEO Richard Brisius led the presentation for a first Swedish Winter Olympics. He was joined by Stockholm mayorAnna König Jerlmyr, who made a short speech in support of the bid.

Reported by Mark Bisson

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