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After project funding was cut, 2026 Olympic organizers were forced to look outside of Italy for an ice sliding venue

<p>The government of Italy opted not to invest for a new arena, thus the sliding competitions at the Milano-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics will take place elsewhere, according to Giovanni Malago, the head of the games’ organizing committee.</p>
<p>The government had opted not to invest in a site for the Games, leaving organizers with little choice except to hunt for one elsewhere, Malago said during an International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-238786″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-soon-at-upssc-gov-in-upsssc-pet-2023-admit-card-will-be-made-available-olympics-20.png” alt=”theindiaprint.com soon at upssc gov in upsssc pet 2023 admit card will be made available olympics 20″ width=”1525″ height=”858″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-soon-at-upssc-gov-in-upsssc-pet-2023-admit-card-will-be-made-available-olympics-20.png 640w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-soon-at-upssc-gov-in-upsssc-pet-2023-admit-card-will-be-made-available-olympics-20-390×220.png 390w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-soon-at-upssc-gov-in-upsssc-pet-2023-admit-card-will-be-made-available-olympics-20-150×84.png 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1525px) 100vw, 1525px” title=”After project funding was cut, 2026 Olympic organizers were forced to look outside of Italy for an ice sliding venue 6″></p>
<p>The bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton contests are held in the sliding center during the Games, and Italy’s idea to build a new sliding center where an old, abandoned venue formerly stood ran into difficulties right from the outset of planning.</p>
<p>Malago stated of a tender that was issued this year: “The ability to attract some construction companies carrying out the complex project that is the sliding center has not produced many results.”</p>
<p>The Italian government informed us that it would weigh the best and most environmentally friendly choice. should postpone building a sliding center and shift the sliding competition to an existing, operational location.</p>
<p>As a consequence, Milano-Cortina must find a new location outside of Italy.</p>
<p>In addition to locations in Germany and France, sliding centers may be found close to Italy in Switzerland and Austria.</p>
<p>According to Games CEO Andrea Varnier, “We are considering every option because it’s not just about transferring competition; it’s much more than that.</p>
<p>There are several consequences since it’s the Olympic Games. It covers a lot of ground. It involves more than merely hiring a sliding facility and competing. We will thus spend some time and consult with all the centers that are open.</p>
<p>It is highly uncommon to move an Olympic sporting event to another nation; the 1956 Games’ equestrian contests were moved from Melbourne to Stockholm because of quarantine limitations in Australia.</p>
<p>The 2008 Beijing Olympics’ equestrian competitions were held in Hong Kong, which rejoined China in 1997 but continues to have its own independent National Olympic Committee.</p>
<p>Malago stated, “We are already working to examine all potential alternatives.</p>
<p>“Before presenting the option to our board for final approval, we will evaluate options with the IOC and the international federations.</p>
<p>Malago stated, without elaborating on the potential effects, “A decision like this will impact the operation and has a consequence on the budget of the organizing committee.”</p>
<p>The IOC has loosened hosting regulations with towns that lack specialized venues in recent years, promoting the use of ones that already exist — even in foreign countries — to save costs and streamline operations.</p>

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