President Bach, Prime Minister Löfven, honourable Princess Victoria, distinguished members of the International Olympic Committee, Swedish and Italian delegates,
Being here, today, to officially present the bid of Milan and Cortina as host cities for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2026 is a source of pride and satisfaction to me.
Our project has the ambition to give birth to Olympic Games that could combine sport, history, culture and innovation, in line with the values that distinguish the Olympic Charter.
The same values that we want to continue teaching our younger generations, involving educational institutions in a national training program that nurtures key principles such as reciprocal respect, solidarity, fairness and responsibility.
Let me explain the reasons which make us confident that the Italian bid is worthy of the highest consideration.
First, the unbeatable beauty and charm of our Alps, so often evoked in literary and artistic works throughout history. Unforgettable pages of sport have been written on the snow of our mountains, so rich in history and traditions. This time our bid involves not only the majestic Alpine peaks, but also cities such as Milan and Verona, thanks to their capacity of combining tradition and future, culture and innovation.
Second, our Country has developed a significant expertise and top-level organizational capacity. Our federations and committees have always impeccably organized many sport events of international importance in a wide variety of disciplines.
Since sport competition has reached a global dimension, many athletes have honoured the Italian sport tradition in the world, making our Country a benchmark and a model, for its own unmistakable style in “doing sport”.
If I am here today, in front of you, it is thanks to the enthusiasm, dedication, commitment of all Italy; it is thanks to the deep conviction in this project of all Italian citizens.
If Italy is selected to host the Olympic Games, starting from this evening we will work hard and commit ourselves to make sure the event will be remembered in the sport history.
Dreaming together is the slogan supporting the bid for Milan and Cortina and I honestly cannot think to a more appropriate one.
This Olympic dream is not the dream of two cities, it is the dream of an entire country, our country.
Not only the Government, but also the Regions and the Cities are fully committed in supporting this project with all the types of guarantees.
Ladies and gentlemen, we submit with full confidence to your judgment.
Thanking you for your attention and consideration, I convey the greetings of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.