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Important innovations for the Milano Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games

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Lausanne – The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), based on the recommendations of the Olympic Programme Commission (OPC) in the meeting of June 24, 2022 approved important innovations for the Milano Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games. The finalisation of the programme was based on the recommendations of the Olympic Programme Commission (OPC). The programme was reviewed by the OPC in the context of the Milano Cortina 2026 programme principles, which reflect the Olympic Charter, the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020+5, and both the IOC’s and Milano Cortina 2026’s vision for the games”. The IOC EB has confirmed the Olympic debut of the ski mountaineering at the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026.

Eight new events have been added to the programme with a strong focus on gender equality in terms of events and female athlete quotas. This approach is in line with the objective of reducing the cost and complexity of hosting the Olympic Winter Games by using existing venues and respecting the overall athlete quota of 2,900.

The ski mountaineering is a new Olympic sport for the Games of Milano Cortina 2026 with the inclusion of three new medal events: men’s sprint, women’s sprint and mixed relay. The quota assigned to ski mountaineering is 36 athletes equally divided between females and males.

The International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) together with all the associated national federations (NF) and in close collaboration with the IOC and Organising Committee Olympic Games (OCOG) of Milano Cortina 2026 will work with passion and commitment to propose a great sporting event that highlights the extraordinary values and the unique characteristics of ski mountaineering that can be expressed both in great competitions on classic mountain routes, but also in fast, spectacular and exciting races such as those planned for Milano Cortina 2026.

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