sport news chosen ahead of Sweden to host the 2026 Winter Olympics 

chosen ahead of Sweden to host the 2026 Winter Olympics as joint bid from Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo sees Games return to country for the first time since Turin 2006 won the vote to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, it was announced The joint bid between Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo received the most votes Sweden was the challenger to but the games return to the country in 2026 last hosted the prestigious Winter Olympic Games in Turin back in 2006 

By Press Association Sport Staff

Published: 18:19 BST, 24 June 2019 | Updated: 18:44 BST, 24 June 2019

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Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo will host the 2026 Winter Olympics.

The joint Italian bid beat Swedish rivals Stockholm-Are in a vote by the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland.

IOC president Thomas Bach opened the envelope on stage which confirmed the Winter Games will return to for a third time after Cortina d'Ampezzo in 1956 and Turin 2006.

Italy's joint bid of Milan-Cortina was chosen as the 2026 host for the Winter Olympic Games

's joint bid of Milan-Cortina was chosen as the 2026 host for the Winter Olympic Games

The announcement was met with wild celebrations from the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala (C)

The announcement was met with wild celebrations from the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala (C)

The Italian delegation who made the trip to Lausanne, Switzerland, were overcome with joy

The Italian delegation who made the trip to Lausanne, Switzerland, were overcome with joy

The recent IOC Evaluation Commission report had appeared to give Milan-Cortina the edge, with concerns expressed over the funding for new venues in the Swedish bid - including the Stockholm Olympic Village and the speed skating oval as well as legacy use.

Skating sports and ice hockey are among the sports scheduled to be held in Milan, with the San Siro football stadium - home of AC Milan and Inter Milan - set to host the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Cortina d'Ampezzo will play host to the majority of the alpine skiing events, following on from the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

It was bitterly disappointing for the Swedish delegation as they applauded the winners

It was bitterly disappointing for the Swedish delegation as they applauded the winners

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