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The Calgary City Council decided to withdraw the city’s application to host the 2026 Winter Games.

The decision is final. In the near future, the IOC will receive official notification from the organizing committee of the games.

Residents of Calgary after the announcement of the results of the referendum.
Residents of Calgary after the announcement of the results of the referendum.

The city council of the Canadian city of Calgary officially canceled the application form of the city of Calgary to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. The unanimous decision (15-0) was made after the Calgary residents voted against the city’s application in a citywide referendum on November 13. Then, 56.4% of residents were against games. The mayor of the city, Nahid Nenshi, thanked the members of the organizing committee of the games and said that he was disappointed with the final result. He also noted that in conditions of financial instability, the city would not have been prevented by billions in investment. By the end of the first quarter of 2019, the city will prepare a full report on how much money was spent on the entire process of accompanying the city’s application.

After Calgary left the race for the right to host the Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was left with only two candidates, from the original seven candidates who started the fight in April. This is Stockholm (Sweden) and the joint application of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy). Both applications are also under pressure and there is a considerable risk that they will be withdrawn.

On June 23, 2019, the IOC, at its 134th session in Lausanne (Switzerland), will announce the capital of the 2026 Olympic Games. According to the head of the IOC, Thomas Bach, the organization does not have a backup plan if all three candidates withdraw their candidatures from the vote. All potential candidates must submit final draft applications and all necessary guarantees by January 11, 2019.

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