are considering a push to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, two years after Rome's major
scuppered the city's bid for the 2024 Summer Games.
In 2016, major
Virginia Raggi's anti-establishment Five Star Movement
killed off the Italian capital's bid to host a first Summer Olympics
But M5S party
founder Beppe Grillo, a former stand-up comedian, has since done a U-turn and believes "the Olympic Games
are a great occasion for Turin
and for the Movement".
"We will prove we can have zero debts and (host) in a sustainable way," said Grillo.
Turin's M5S mayor Chiara Appendino
wants the northern Italian city to issue a "manifestation of interest" to the International Olympic Committee.
Meanwhile, the president
of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia, of the right-wing Lega Nord party, has put forward the hypothesis of a candidacy of the Dolomites. Milan
is also being considered.
"There is a beautiful fight for positions," said Italian Olympic Committee
(CONI) president Giovanni Malago.
"Suddenly everything is back in fashion. Perhaps because of the success of Pyeongchang, and not only the sporting success."
was plunged into uncertainty after the March 4 elections resulted in a hung parliament with no group in a position to govern alone. The M5S became Italy's leading single party with 32.7 percent of the vote.
Malago said that any decision would depend on the future government.
"For a bid three legs are needed: the local authority, the government and the Italian Olympic committee," said Malago.
"In this case there is already the availability of the local authority and Coni, but we must listen to the new executive: when there's a government," he added.
"It is not the mayor
who writes to the IOC to express the will of the city to apply, but the president
has twice hosted the Winter Olympics
-- Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomites in 1956 and Turin
Sion in Switzerland
has already announced it intends to bid, with Turkey
also considering throwing its hat in the ring, along with Innsbruck in Austria, Calgary
in Canada, Stockholm
and the Japanese city of Sapporo.
Almaty in Kazakhstan
is another possible candidate.
will host the 2022 Winter Games, after hosting the Summer Games
won the right to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
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