Calgary will almost certainly retire as a candidate for the organization of the Winter Olympics in 2026. Residents of the Canadian city announced in a referendum that they did not feel anything about this event.
Cities are expected to follow this path, although it is not obliged to do so.
More than 56 percent of voters answered "no" to the initiative, much more than expected. Until 2026. The remaining two candidates were: Swedish Stockholm and the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina D & # 39; Ampezzo.
The Canadian Olympic Committee has already stated that it respects the results. "But we deeply regret that we should miss this opportunity to promote Canada, and we would like to show the world how beautiful our culture is and we would all benefit if we organized this event."
Earlier, Sion (Switzerland), Sapporo (Japan) and Graz (Austria) withdrew. In June 2019, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decides where the event will take place in 2026.
Winter games were once organized by Calgary in 1988. In 2010, the most important sports event in the world took place also in Canada (Vancouver). The next Winter Olympics, 2022, take place in Beijing.