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Olympic spirit alive despite host city withdrawals, says AOC boss

The three remaining bids for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games are in danger of falling apart, but AOC boss Matt Carroll says the Olympic dream is alive and well.

Calgary, Stockholm and an Italian bid featuring Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo are the remaining contenders to host the 2026 Winter Games.

A plebiscite will be held next month to decide whether Calgary’s bid has public support. Meanwhile, the other two bids have suffered from a lack of support from their respective governments.

Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll believes the IOC has come a long way with identifying ways to make the Games more accessible to aspiring hosts.

“The IOC has recognised this [number of failed or withdrawn bids],” Mr Carroll told Macquarie Sports Radio‘s Cam Reddin.

“They’re cutting the costs out of the Games. In Tokyo, over AU$3 billion has already been saved,” he said.

There are concerns the cost of hosting and holding an Olympic Games has turned many potential hosts away, fearing a repeat of the financial ruin left behind in Rio de Janeiro.

“Their words not mine: It’s not about a city fitting the Olympic Games, it’s about the Olympic Games fitting into a city,” Mr Carroll said.

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