CORTINA D’AMPEZZO. Yesterday, October 19, the Board of Directors linked to the Organizing Committee of the 2026 Olympics and Paralympics examined the new Olympic discipline that will make its debut at the Games scheduled in just over four years: ski mountaineering. What, however, the people of Belluno did not expect (among all the mayor of Cortina, Gianpietro Ghedina), is that this was ‘given’ to Bormio, already a great protagonist as will host the men’s alpine skiing competitions.
For the province of Belluno there was hope that the debut of ski mountaineering at the Winter Olympics could take place in its territory, and more specifically among the Alpago mountains. Nothing to do though. This is probably it the “price” that Cortina and the Veneto region must pay to be able to hostArena of Verona the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, in addition to the headquarters of the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Two novelties that come together with a third one, namely the fact that the races of Para Cross country and Para Biathlon will be held in Val di Fiemme, when they were initially planned in Valdidentro.
Three decisions that “for importance and relevance, will score a fundamental step of the Road to the Games towards 2026 “, as the organizing committee said. The opening ceremony, initially scheduled at the” PalaItalia Santa Giulia “in Milan, will be celebrated in the setting of the Verona Arena which will already be the venue for the Ceremony of Closing of the Olympic Games.
The choice of Bormio, in Alta Valtellina, for the ski mountaineering competitions respects the “indications of the International Olympic Committee regarding the need to host the new discipline in one of the Olympic sites. already provided for in the application dossier“.
“What has just ended – he commented Giovanni Malagò, President of the Milano Cortina 2026 Foundation – it was a very important Board of Directors for the decisions that were taken and, above all, for the way in which the discussion took place. I found, once again, the concrete communion of intent on the part of all the stakeholders who have always recognized, in the questions posed, the theme of the sense of responsibility and credibility that our Foundation must pursue in every decision to be taken. I would like to express my personal thanks to all the Institutions represented on the Board of Directors, from the Regions, to the Municipalities up to the Autonomous Provinces, because the choices of Bormio, Verona and Val di Fiemme are the demonstration of our ability to work in synergy with the others for the realization of the 2026 Games. The Games of all Italians ”.
It was also Zaia’s project is ‘armored’ for the renovation of the bobsleigh track in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a project from ben 80 million euros. In Cortina there will be women’s alpine skiing, bobsleigh, skeleton, curling competitions and as part of the Paralympics there will be alpine para ski, para snowboard and wheelchair curling competitions.
In the meantime this Sunday 24 October, just in Cortina d’Ampezzo, will be held a march in which citizens, environmental associations and more will take part, per denounce major environmental damage which were made to allow the 2026 Winter Olympics to be held (here the article with information on the march).