October 12, 2018 11:20 am
Updated: October 12, 2018 2:17 pm

Stockholm city government deal threatens 2026 Olympics bid

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks at press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko

Stockholm’s bid to host the 2026 Olympics is at risk just three days after the IOC formally approved the city among three candidates.

Swedish media report a new coalition deal to run Stockholm’s city government, between a centre-right alliance and environmentalists, requires no taxpayer funding for a Winter Games.

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If Stockholm drops out, the IOC will be left with Calgary and the combined Italian bid of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. A June vote is scheduled.

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Calgary’s bid faces a Nov. 13 referendum, and full government support is not guaranteed in Italy.

Amid widespread public concern at Olympic hosting costs, IOC vice-president Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. acknowledged this week: “We have to make a huge effort in explaining ourselves better.”

READ MORE: A roadmap to Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympics

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