Voters in Swiss region reject bid for 2026 Winter Games

SION, Switzerland – One other Olympic internet hosting bid in Switzerland was sunk Sunday by a public vote towards anticipated excessive prices.

A complete of 53.98 p.c of voters within the Swiss area of Valais refused to pledge monetary help for a 2026 Winter Video games internet hosting bid centered in town of Sion.

“There isn’t a plan B,” Sion Mayor Philippe Varone stated Sunday, declaring the bid marketing campaign over.

It’s the third time in 5 years bid marketing campaign supported by the Swiss nationwide Olympic physique was rejected by the individuals.

In 2013, voters within the upscale ski resorts of St. Moritz and Davos, plus their dwelling canton (state), rejected a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Final yr, the identical Graubuenden area rejected a renewed marketing campaign for 2026.

Sunday’s vote is one other rejection by European voters for the Worldwide Olympic Committee, and one which hit nearer to dwelling.

Sion referred to as for medal occasions to be scattered throughout Switzerland, together with within the IOC’s dwelling metropolis of Lausanne within the neighboring canton of Vaud.

The IOC on Sunday blamed misinformation for the newest loss.

“From the polls, we perceive that outdated info on the price of the Video games was the principle concern for these voting towards the funding,” the Olympic physique stated.

Sion supplied what the bidders termed a sustainable Olympics counting on already current ice venues and ski programs. Voters rejected assurances from the IOC and bid supporters that costly new building wouldn’t be wanted.

The IOC has created a extra versatile bidding course of for the 2026 Olympics, and nonetheless has six doable bids in rivalry: Turin and Milan in Italy; Graz in Austria; Stockholm; Turkey’s Erzurum; Calgary, Canada; and Sapporo, Japan.

IOC members will make their determination in September 2019.

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