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Sweden mulls 2026 Winter Olympic bid


Sweden’s flag bearer, cross-country skier Anders Soedergren leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sweden may bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics using the same sites planned for a 2022 bid that was scrapped in January 2014, according to Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå.

The report cited the capital of Stockholm and the ski resort of Are for a possible 2026 bid.

A Stockholm bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics was scrapped in January 2014, though officials said in October they regretted doing so given the changes to the bidding process being put into place, according to The Associated Press.

Also in October, a joint Norway-Sweden 2026 bid was proposed by a Norwegian sports organization. The International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 reforms make it easier for joint-nation bids.

The Stockholm 2022 bid proposed holding mountain events in Are, nearly 400 miles away from the Swedish capital.

The 2022 Winter Olympics will be awarded to Almaty, Kazakhstan, or Beijing on July 31.

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