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Almaty could bid to host 2026 Winter Olympic Games

AKIPRESS.COM - Almaty could bid to host the 2026 Winter Games after narrowly losing to Beijing in its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, according to the

Several cities have expressed interest in potentially launching a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

The Austrian Government have backed a proposed bid from Innsbruck, but the city could face the threat of a referendum, according to the report.

Sion in Switzerland and Calgary in Canada are among other contenders for 2026. Sion is also expected to have to face a referendum and Calgary is expected to discover whether they have political support to continue their effort to launch a bid in the coming weeks. Sapporo in Japan and Erzurum in Turkey could also enter the race.

The United States Olympic Committee is expected to discuss possible bids for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games at its Board meeting next month.

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