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Stockholm meets ’26 Olympic bid deadline

The Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s Olympic leaders met a deadline Friday to submit a 2026 Winter Games hosting plan after satisfying concerns of lawmakers in Stockholm which threatened to end the bid last year.

The official name of the bid is now “Stockholm Are 2026,” with Alpine skiing events taking place in the resort of Are, 541 kilometers northwest of the capital.

The bid campaign was at risk in October when Stockholm’s new city government coalition cast doubts about spending taxpayer money on the two-week event and asked the Swedish Olympic Committee for more details.

Sweden’s only rival — the Italian bid centered on Milan and 1956 Winter Games host Cortina d’Ampezzo — also is taking advantage of a longer deadline from the IOC to secure full support from public authorities.

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