Switzerland is the home of the International Olympic Committee and now the IOC’s President Thomas Bach. But that doesn’t mean Switzerland will get a Winter Olympics.
The backers of Switzerland’s 2026 Winter Olympics bid thunk it would be a good idea to hold the 2026 Games in Sion. But do Swiss residents really want the event? In February, the Olympics backers found out that residents of St. Moritz didn’t want the IOC’s winter sports party. On February 12, voters in the Canton of Graubünden overwhelming said no to proceed with a bid for the 2026 Games. Switzerland, which is the home to the International Olympics Committee, still plans to bid for the 2026 affair pushing the Sion region. It is quite possible that voters in the Sion area could decide the fate of that bid in 2018. Graubünden voters four years ago said no to a 2022 Davos bid. Sion is definitely in the race and could be joined by bidders from Canada, Sweden and Turkey.