The first major milestone since the election of Milano Cortina as the host city for the Olympic Winter Games in 2026 has been reached. On Monday afternoon in Milan, the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026 was created at the headquarters of the Lombardy Region. This historic announcement came just one day before the start of the Orientation Seminar for Milano Cortina 2026, which will see the first visit of the International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission Chair Sari Essayah to the host city.
The “Milano Cortina 2026 Foundation” was established by the founding members, including the Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala; the Mayor of Cortina, Gianpietro Ghedina; the President of the Lombardy Region, Attilio Fontana; the President of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia; the President of the Italian National Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malagò; and the President of the Italian Paralympic Committee, Luca Pancalli.
The Board of Directors of the Foundation will be composed of 22 members, including 10 members from the world of sport, 10 members from the territories involved in the organisation of the Games, a representative of the Government and the President of the Foundation.