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Switzerland pursues 2026 Winter Olympic bid

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Ski jumper Simon Ammann of the Switzerland Olympic team carries his country’s flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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Switzerland is pursuing a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, its National Olympic Committee announced Friday.

No Swiss candidate city has been selected yet. No other cities worldwide have confirmed 2026 bids, either.

Switzerland has hosted the Olympics twice, both Winter Games in St. Moritz (1928 and 1948).

Switzerland’s last bids were for the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

Sion came in second to Torino, Italy, in the 2006 Winter Olympic host city vote held in 1999.

Bern was one of four 2010 candidate cities but withdrew on Sept. 27, 2002, following a referendum in which almost 80 percent of the city’s population voted against funding the Games.

The next two Winter Olympics will be in East Asia in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018 and Beijing in 2022, giving a European or North American city a greater opening to be the 2026 host.

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