Monday June 24 2019
Milan to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Milan will host the 2026 Winter Olympics in part – and it could affect plans for a new stadium to replace San Siro.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed Milan and the Venetian town of Cortina d’Ampezzo as the two host cities for the Games on Monday.

The joint-bid was chosen in favour of that put forward by the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

It marks the first time that Milan will host an Olympic event and the fourth time overall for Italy.

The Rossoneri and Inter, meanwhile, have plans of demolishing San Siro and replacing it with a new stadium, to be opened by 2022, directly next to the Giuseppe Meazza.

However, mayor Beppe Sala has made it clear that the current structure will remain open until 2026 so it can hold the Olympics’ opening ceremony.

Reacting to Sala’s comments, Milan President Paolo Scaroni told Sky Sport Italia: "The area is iconic, San Siro is San Siro, the whole world knows San Siro and we don’t want to go anywhere else.

“However, I hope to see the Olympics in the new stadium we’ll build. There are so many reasons why we have to build a new stadium.

“What I consider to be decisive is that the two of us can’t play in a stadium that’s being refurbished. It would be an impossible undertaking.

“I’ve never talked about the possibility that San Siro could be demolished: the issue isn’t relevant to us as the structure belongs to the council.”

Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello added: “We’ve been working on this project for months, together with Milan.

“Soon we’ll present our idea to the council. The idea is to have a new San Siro on the San Siro site, which is what we need.

“We’re clubs with plenty of history. We can’t not have a venue that is on par with all the other top European clubs.

“We’ll absolutely continue to play at the old stadium and then have a new venue, which will maybe also be ready the 2026 Olympics.”

The IOC will award Milan and Cortina $925m (€812m) to ease the financial burden of hosting the Games.

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