Italy to host 2026 winter Olympics
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Italy will host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games in Milan-Cortina, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Monday.

The Italian region beat out the Swedish city of Stockholm-Are as the host city for the upcoming games. 

"We can look forward to outstanding and sustainable Olympic Winter Games in a traditional winter sports country. The passion and knowledge of Italian fans, together with experienced venue operators, will create the perfect atmosphere for the best athletes in the world," said IOC President Thomas Bach. 

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The plan is in line with the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms that calls for making maximum use of existing and temporary venues, according to the IOC. 

Thirteen out of 14 facilities to be used in Milan-Cortina will be existing or temporary. 

This will be the first time the Olympics are held in Milan, but the third time the winter games will be held in Italy. The Olympics were held in Cortina in 1956 and Turin in 2006. 

The 2026 Olympics are scheduled to take place Feb. 6-22, and the Winter Paralympics are scheduled from March 6-15, according to CNN.

The next two Olympic games will be held in Asia, with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. 

The 2024 Summer Olympics will be held in Paris.