Magic Number Is 42 Votes To Win 2026 Olympic Bid

Reporting From Lausanne, Switzerland – Bids to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will need to convince 42 International Olympic Committee (IOC) voters to cast ballots in their favour to guarantee that they’ll host the Games.

Italian entry Milan-Cortina and Sweden’s Stockholm Åre are battling head-to-head Monday afternoon at the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland, vying to host the prestigious event in 2026.

Of 95 total members, only 85 are eligible to vote, and others are absent.  There are 82 present eligible voters, and the winner will require 50 percent +1 to clinch the win if all ballots are cast.

Full details from the IOC are below:

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Total number of IOC members as of 24 June 2019:  95

Excused members: (as of 24 June, 9 a.m. local)  4

– HRH the Grand-Duc de Luxembourg
– Ms Danka Bartekova
– Ms Hayley Wickenheiser
– HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck

(Full list to be announced at the beginning of the meeting)

Suspended or self-suspended members3

– Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah
– Mr Patrick Joseph Hickey
– Mr Frank Fredericks

IOC Members in Sweden:   2

– Ms Gunilla Lindberg
– Mr Stefan Holm

 IOC Members in Italy:  3

– Mr Ivo Ferriani
– Mr Franco Carraro
– Mr Giovanni Malago

 Total number of IOC members that can vote:   83 

IOC President choses to abstain from the vote:  82

A simple majority (50% of the votes +1) is needed to be elected.
In case of a tie, the IOC President reserves the right to vote.

Source: IOC


A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.

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