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Milano Cortina 2026: updates for IOC Session on progress of preparations

Developments on venue masterplan for Milano Cortina 2026

During its update on the second day of the 141st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Mumbai, India, the Organising Committee for the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026 described the state of preparations of its project and informed the IOC Members about developments concerning its venue masterplan.

Milano Cortina 2026 President Giovanni Malagò explained that the Organising Committee has to identify an existing and working sliding track to replace the plans in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

He said: “The government has informed us that it is considering the best and most sustainable option: to not go ahead with the sliding centre and move the sliding competitions to an already existing and working venue. As a result, Milano Cortina 2026 has to identify another venue outside Italy.”

The approach was welcomed by Kristin Kloster, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026. 

“This responsible decision reinforces the position of the IOC that the construction of this venue needed to be reconsidered, as the post-Games legacy plans were not clear,” said Kloster. 

“We welcome this decision, which builds on the Olympic Agenda 2020 direction that no permanent venue should be built if there is not a demonstrated legacy plan for it. We are very pleased with this very positive outcome. Not only for the Milano Cortina 2026 Games, but also for the Olympic Winter Games overall.” 

Other progress updates were provided by Andrea Varnier, the Chief Executive Officer of Milano Cortina 2026. These included a newly defined brand identity, an education programme that has already reached more than 100,000 school students and the acquisition of more than 300,000 followers on social media platforms, from organic growth alone. 

Source IOC News

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