The newly-formed organising committee for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milano and Cortina has moved quickly to get to work and convert its “passionate journey to the Games” into a successful event.
One day after its formal establishment, members held a two-day orientation meeting with the International Olympic Committee’s coordination commission chairman, Sari Esssayah.
Involving athletes, members of the local sports movement, representatives of the relevant authorities and IOC experts, the meeting provided an opportunity for all the partners to get up to date with the Milano Cortina 2026 project and latest innovations in Games management.
Speaking after the meeting, Essayah said, “It was very exciting to feel the energy amongst the different delivery partners at the kick-off meeting. When I was an athlete, I regularly competed in the Milan area, and I remember the passion of the Italian people for sport and the Olympic Games, but this is on another level.
“This northern area of Italy has a great Olympic heritage, with the legacies of Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956 and Turin 2006 still bringing benefits to the region today. Milano Cortina 2026 will continue this tradition with Games for a new era that have been designed to fit in with the long-term plans of the region and not vice-versa.”
Added Milano Cortina 2026 president Giovanni Malagò, “The delivery partners kick-off meeting was an important initiative that we greatly appreciated – a winning start that allowed us to breathe in the atmosphere of the Games with the technicians, athletes, territorial bodies and stakeholders. Milano Cortina 2026 intends to write the future. We are ready for some great teamwork in order to develop this innovative project in the best possible way.”
Various Italian athletes and sporting legends attended the event, and their message was that they and their colleagues should be at the heart of the development of the Games project, and key advisors in the main decisions that impact their Games experience.
The political stakeholders also discussed the vision “to deliver memorable Olympic Winter Games that embrace sustainability, using Italy’s experience, passion and heritage in winter sports to inspire athletes and deliver many long-term benefits for sport and society.”
Milano Cortina was named as the host the Olympic Winter Games during the 134th session of the IOC in Lausanne (Switzerland) in June 2019. The other candidate in the ballot was Stockholm-Åre (Sweden).
Announcing the result, 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.”
If you are planning to travel to Milan for the 2026 Olympics (or beforehand), other areas in the Lombardy region should also be on your must-visit list.