Vincenzo Novari CEO of the future Organising Committee for the XXV Winter Olympic Games has been appointed

The Steering Committee for Milano Cortina 2026, meeting today at the Ministry for Youth Policies and Sports, in the presence of Minister Vincenzo Spadafora, has unanimously decided to appoint Vincenzo Novari as CEO of the future Organising Committee for the XXV Winter Olympic Games 2026.

Milano Cortina awarded the Olympic Games 2026

We won! Milano Cortina, Italy, will host the Olympic Winter Games 2026. The decision was taken today during the 134th Session of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. The other candidate in the ballot was Stockholm-Åre, Sweden.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Congratulations to Milano Cortina. We can look forward to outstanding and sustainable Olympic Winter Games in a traditional winter sports country. The passion and knowledge of Italian fans, together with experienced venue operators, will create the perfect atmosphere for the best athletes in the world. The Olympic Winter Games Milan-Cortina 2026 will feature iconic venues and beautiful settings, combining the attractions of a modern European metropolis with a classic Alpine environment".

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Universities Bocconi and Ca ’Foscari, two studies about the impact of the Milano Cortina 2026 Olympic and Paralympics Games

Two of the most well-known Italian universities, the Bocconi University of Milan and the Ca ’Foscari University of Venice, studied the positive impact that the Milano Cortina 2026 Olympics and Paralympics Games will have in Italy. Positive and convincing data at territorial, economic, social and financial level.

Here you can find the two Executive Summaries:

IOC Evaluation Commission 2026 report: we've "fully embraced the Olympic agenda 2020 reforms"

One month ahead of the host city election, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) released the report by the Evaluation Commission 2026.

It provides a thorough assessment of the candidates, following the working visits on 2-6 April in Italy, and analyses of the candidature files and additional documentation submitted. It will serve as a guide for the IOC Members before they vote on 24 June at the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne.

The Chair of the Evaluation Commission, Octavian Morariu, said: “Both projects prioritise legacy and sustainability by capitalising on winter sports tradition and experience, with first-rate, established World Cup venues, knowledgeable and passionate fans, volunteers and event organisers. They have fully embedded the Olympic Agenda 2020 philosophy, and have athletes at the centre of their plans.”

Discover more about our candidature dossier and download the full REPORT IOC EVALUATION COMMISSION OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2026.

Bormio and its youth for Milano Cortina 2026

On 30th May, the Undersecretary for Large Sport Events of Lombardia Region, Antonio Rossi, met in Bormio with the students to illustrate the path of the Italian candidature of Milano Cortina 2026 for the Olympic Winter Games.

The event took place in the auditorium of the Alberti Institute, in the multifunctional complex of Rasin. Many athletes joined Rossi to share with the large audience of students their Olympic experience and expectations about the candidature.

Among them, Pietro Vitalini (former downhill skier), Robert Antonioli (current skialp champion), Federica Sosio (young rising star in downhill ski), Michele Antonioli and Barbara Baldissera (both former short track athletes) and Christian De Lorenzi (former biathlete).

Welcoming the guests, the school principal Bruno Spechenhauser and the local mayors of Bormio, Roberto Volpato, Valdisotto, Alessandro Pedrini, and Valdidentro, Massimiliano Trabucchi.

Bocconi University presents a study on the Olympic candidature

On 8th May, a study focused on the economic and fiscal impact of the candidate Milano Cortina 2026 Olympic Winter Games has been presented in the premises of Bocconi University.
Prof. Marco Percoco, Director of GREEN (Centre for Geography, Resources, Environment, Energy and Networks) at Università Bocconi, explained that the Games are an incredible opportunity for the whole country, that will boost the economy and occupation. The event was an opportunity to share technical information and organise a roundtable, attended by a number of champions who shared their Olympic experiences and turned on the dream of hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 2026.

The following public authorities attended: Gianmario Verona (Rector, Bocconi University), Roberta Guaineri (City Councillor for Tourism and Sport, Municipality of Milan), Marco Percoco (Director, GREEN Centre for Geography, Resources, Environment, Energy and Networks, Bocconi) : Ludovico Edalli (Italian Champion of Gymnastics and Olympic Medalist, Youth Olympic Games), Claudia Giordani (World Champion and Olympic Ski Medalist), Jacopo Luchini (Paralympic Snowboard Champion), Giorgio Rocca (Special Slalom World Champion) and Riccardo Taranto (Managing Director, Bocconi University).

In videoconference Diana Bianchedi (Head of Olympic Candidacies at CONI and Olympic Medalist).

Representatives of Milano Cortina 2026 with the International Winter Sports Federations from Brisbane

On 7th May, in the Hall of Honour of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) in Rome, the representatives of Milano Cortina 2026 for sport, institutional and local matters, had a conference call with the International Winter Sports Federations, that were gathered in Brisbane for the traditional annual SportAccor summit.

The undersecretary for Prime Minister in charge of Sport, Giancarlo Giorgetti, and undersecretary Simone Valente reiterated the government’s support to the candidature. The following people attended the conference at Foro Italico in Rome: CONI President, Giovanni Malagò; Governors of Lombardia and Veneto regions, Attilio Fontana and Luca Zaia; the mayors of Milano and Cortina, Giuseppe Sala and Gianpietro Ghedina; the deputy mayor of Cortina, Luigi Alverà; the coordinator of the candidature, Diana Bianchedi; the secretary for Large Events at Lombardia Region, Antonio Rossi; the secretary for sport at Milano City Hall, Roberta Guaineri; the presidents of Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI) and Italian Federation of Ice Sports (FISG), Flavio Roda and Andrea Gios, as well as the curators of the dossier and the venue managers.

During the call, a video voiced by the Olympic short track champion Arianna Fontana was screened to explain the project.

Milano Cortina 2026 team competes in GiroE

In the same days as the iconic Giro d'Italia, Giro E, a non-competitive ride, set off with electric bikes, taking the teams along the same routes covered by the heroes of the pink jersey.

Milano Cortina 2026 wanted to be part of Giro E with a team of athletes from different disciplines, in order to promote across Italy the Olympic spirit and the Italian candidature for the Games. This initiative shows that sport is a vehicle for solidarity and a tool to share a common goal that can only be achieved together.

The team members change almost daily, until the final stage that will end in Croce D'Aune on June 1st.

The team, which wears a white jersey with the distinctive Milano Cortina 2026 logo, takes the Italian bid to the roads and among the people and brings to the whole country and beyond the emotions and the joy that the Olympic Games generate.

Partecipazione al GiroE

Final guarantees delivered by 12 April deadline: Milan-Cortina is prepared for vote

This morning in Lausanne, the final guarantees from the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics bid were delivered, as required by the IOC in the methods and timelines envisaged. 

The bid’s journey has concluded with great satisfaction, after having involved the Italian Government, the cities of Milan and Cortina, the regions of Lombardy and Veneto, the provinces of Trento and Bolzano, CONI and the Italian Paralympic Committee.

From here on, all focus will be on the 134th IOC Session, which will announce the host of the 2026 Olympics on 24 June in Lausanne.

Milano Cortina 2026 supports and follows the B.Livers’ Journey of the Stars.

One of the projects that have been supported to promote the Italian candidature for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games is the Journey of the Stars, undertaken by the B.Livers, a group of young men and women who suffer from chronic and severe medical conditions. The Journey is an adventure the B.Livers will embark on, leaving from Gae Aulenti square in Milan on 25th May and reaching Cortina d’Ampezzo on 1st June after various legs.

A journey of courage that mirrors the Olympic spirit of the Italian Candidature for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. The Olympic spirit that strengthens the idea of sport as a path to social integration, education and therapy. Because sport is not only competition and medals. Sport knocks down barriers and brings diversity together.

B.LIVE Il viaggio delle stelle

The B.Livers will try to give a meaning to their efforts and the values they share with their friends and with the places they visit, as they go beyond what used to seem difficult, if not impossible.

It will be a journey centred on self-esteem, courage and wisdom, that will spread a message of strength and clean energy, as it is undertaken on electric bikes and other sustainable means of transportation.

This is why Milano Cortina 2026 is proud to walk and ride along the B.Livers, who will carry the Olympic flag during their journey, as a symbol of good hope and a dream to turn into reality. A dream that will travel with the B.Livers, as we wait for the final decision the International Olympic Committee will take on 24Th June.

The International Olympic Committee in Italy

From 1st to 6th April, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission visited the venues in Italy where the Olympic Winter Games will be hosted in 2026, in case the vote on 24th June will favour our country.

A very busy week with a tight schedule and many places to visit. From Venice, where the Commission members landed, the tour moved on to various places such as Anterselva, Baselga di Pinè, Bormio, Cortina, Livigno, Milan and Val di Fiemme.

The Italian mountain areas indeed have the capability to host an event so important as the Olympic Winter Games.

The IOC Evaluation Commission visit in Italy was wrapepd up by a press conference at Palazzo Marino in Milan that was attended by all the representatives of the public institutions involved. In that occasion, the president of the Evaluation Commission Octavian Morariu described the Italian candidature as a "strong" one and added that "In all the cities we have visited, we met Italian athletes and organisers who know what they are doing and have a passion for what they do".

Now, Italy awaits the final decision of the International Olympic Committee, that will be taken on 24th June in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Venice carnival: Arianna Fontana, godmother of Milano Cortina 2026

On Sunday 3rd March, Arianna Fontana, short track champion, jumped from the belltower of San Marco church in Venice, waving the flag of Milano Cortina 2026 in the traditional flight that takes place during the Venice Carnival celebrations.

Waiting for her as she landed, the mayor Luigi Brugnaro and the deputy mayor for traditions, Giovanni Giusto. Arianna's flight represented a message of good hope to support the candidature for the Olympic Winter Games and provided worldwide visibility to our bid.

Arianna Fontana said: "It has been a unique experience, I was breathless. Looking at the square from the top I felt a strong emotion, which I'd like to repeat one day. I am really happy that the city of Venice is on our side for the candidature of Milano Cortina to host the Olympic Winter Games in 2026, it is great to have the support of this unique city. Hopefully we will take this victory home, I wish many Olympians the opportunity to live this experience in their country".