By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to the Associated Press, local voters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada said “no” in their referendum on Tuesday. Voters were asked to vote on potentially hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.
In the unofficial results, 56% of the voters said no. The 56% equaled 171,750 voters. There were 767,734 eligible voters, while only 304,774 decided to vote on the ballot for the question.
In October, eight of the 15 members of the city council voted for a public vote. They needed 10 votes for there not to be a vote.
Now, with Calgary no longer in the running to host the games, the International Olympic Committee only has two candidates left. One is Stockholm, Sweden, while the other is a joint bid from Italy with the games being hosted in Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo.
While they are the only two options, they reportedly are facing financial problems. Three other cities — Sapporo, Japan, Sion, Switzerland, and Graz, Austria — withdraw their proposals. The IOC also rejected Erzurum, Turkey last month.
″(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 IOC hopes to make the announcement of the host city on June 24 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Canadian Olympic Committee announced that they were disappointed in the results. Calgary has not hosted the Winter games since 1988.
“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.”
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