The full speech delivered by Milano Cortina 2026 CEO Andrea Varnier speech at the 141st IOC Session in Mumbai
The full speech delivered by Milano Cortina 2026 President Malagò during the 141st IOC Session held in Mumbai, India
The Milano Cortina 2026 Foundation opens the first phase of the creative competition to Italian and international agencies that wish to apply to the creative journey of 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games Ceremonies and Flame
This will be a particular challenge for the territories: the first Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to spread over an area of more than 22 km2. Two cities, Milan and Cortina, along with the support of two regions, Lombardy and Veneto, and two autonomous provinces, Trento and Bolzano, are joining forces to create a memorable edition of the Games. These are all the locations of the competitions and ceremonies.
Some 70 years after Cortina 1956 and 20 years after Turin 2006, the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are returning to Italy.
On February 6, 2026, the curtain will rise on the Olympic Games; the date for the Paralympic Games is March 6, 2026. But the road to the Games has already begun; Milano-Cortina is already here.
A new chapter in a long history of sports and passion.
Sports are at the foundation of the Milano-Cortina 2026 project. Sixteen Olympic and six Paralympic disciplines spread across 18 competition centres.
Some 3,500 athletes from 93 countries will compete for a spot on the podium. The very first debut of ski mountaineering.
Two million spectators are expected at the competition venues.
A team of national and international testimonials will promote the Olympic and Paralympic values and support the initiatives of Milano Cortina 2026. Faces from the world of sport, entertainment, art, science, entrepreneurship that will bring younger generations closer to sports and will promote the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines, as well as the excellence of the territories of our country.
The Milano Cortina 2026 Foundation was established on December 9, 2019. It will carry out all the organizational, promotional and communication activities for the sporting and cultural events related to the staging of the XXV Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.