Italy has great chance for 2026 - Bach

'Very promising bid, must work hard' says IOC chief

(ANSA) - Rome, November 7 - Italy has an "excellent chance" of landing the 2026 Winter Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Wednesday.
    Bach said the joint bid by Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo "has an excellent chance. They will have to work hard, but so far it is a very promising bid".
    Bach said "it is still a good competition: Italy with its passion for sport and its ability to successfully organise major events has excellent chances of victory".
    As for the other two bids, from Calgary and Stockholm, Bach said "an Olympic bid is not a small thing, there will be this (referendum) in Canada and we'll see what happens.
    "But if I have to give advice to all the candidates it is to only count on your own strengths, without looking at the others".