The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has congratulated Milan-Cortina 2026 after they won the right to host the Paralympic and Olympic Winter Games.

At the 134th International Olympic Committee Session in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday (24 June), Milan-Cortina polled the majority of votes from IOC members, finishing ahead of Stockholm-Åre.

IPC President Andrew Parsons said: “I would like to send my warmest congratulations to the Milan-Cortina 2026 bid committee for their success in winning the right to stage the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games.

“Italy has a very rich history of staging major winter Para-sport events, having staged multiple World Championships, as well as the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.

“These Games promise much for future generations of Italians; they increase sport participation, encourage sustainability and drive social inclusion. I am confident these will be a great Games and a Games that will engage whole new audiences in Para winter sports.

“One of the standout features of the bid is the use of existing or temporary venues, with a strong emphasis on long-term legacy use. Throughout the process, Milan-Cortina 2026 has been in close liaison with the IPC and has done much to drive down costs in line with Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm reforms. We look forward to working with the Organising Committee that will be established over the next seven years.”

IPC Athletes’ Council chairperson Chelsey Gotell said: “With today’s decision, Para-athletes around the world can now plan their journey to the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games.

“I am confident that between now and the Games, the Organising Committee will place athletes at the heart of its decision-making and will deliver an athlete-centred Games.”

The 2026 Winter Paralympics will be held from 6-15 March 2026.

By the International Paralympic Committee
Posted: 25/06/2019