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Blow for IOC as Calgary set to be latest city to stop bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

first_imgCalgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics was rebuffed on Tuesday when local voters said “no” in a non-binding referendum. Unofficial results showed that 56% voted against bidding for the Olympics. Results showed that out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 cast ballots and 171,750 of those voted against the Olympic bid.The city council is expected to address the results on Monday, but the bid appears dead. The council has already shown skepticism, with eight of 15 members voting last month to scuttle the public vote. Ten votes were required for the vote not to be held. ‘The Olympics are dead’: Does anyone want to be a host city any more? Share on Twitter Americas Reuse this content Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Canada The defeat is a huge blow to the International Olympic Committee, which has only two candidates officially declared: Stockholm and a joint Italian bid from Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo. Both bids also face opposition and financing problems. Three other cities withdrew earlier this year: Sapporo in Japan; Sion in Switzerland; Graz in Austria. Turkey’s Erzurum was eliminated last month by the IOC.The IOC was left in a similar spot for the 2022 Winter Olympics when numerous bidders withdrew. Only two unlikely cities expressed final interest, with Beijing winning narrowly in an IOC vote over Almtay in Kazakhstan.“[The vote] comes as no surprise following the political discussions and uncertainties right up until the last few days,” the IOC said in a statement. “It is disappointing that the arguments about the sporting, social and long-term benefits of hosting the Olympic Games did not sway the vote.”The Canadian Olympic Committee said in a statement it was disappointed by the results. Calgary was the host for the 1988 Winter Olympics. “The opportunity to welcome the world to Canada, where people can experience the uniting power of the Games and within our nation’s culture of peace and inclusion, would have offered countless benefits to all,” the statement said. “This would have been a unique opportunity for Canadians to be leaders in fulfilling the promise of a renewed vision for the Games.”The results won’t be declared official until Friday, but the opposition was already celebrating. “I think that people had enough of the establishment, telling us what to do, what to think,” local councilor Sean Chu said. The host for 2026 will be selected by the IOC in a vote on June 24 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Share on LinkedIncenter_img Sport politics Winter Olympics Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share via Email Topics International Olympic Committee news Support The Guardianlast_img read more