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Despite political turmoil, Italy mull bid for 2026 Olympics

AFP  |  Milan 

are considering a push to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, two years after Rome's scuppered the city's bid for

In 2016, Virginia Raggi's anti-establishment Five killed off the Italian capital's bid to host a first since 1960.

But founder Beppe Grillo, a former stand-up comedian, has since done a U-turn and believes "the are a great occasion for and for the Movement".

"We will prove we can have zero debts and (host) in a sustainable way," said Grillo.

Turin's M5S wants the northern Italian city to issue a "manifestation of interest" to the


Meanwhile, the of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia, of the right-wing Lega Nord party, has put forward the hypothesis of a candidacy of the Dolomites. is also being considered.

"There is a beautiful fight for positions," said (CONI)

"Suddenly everything is back in fashion. Perhaps because of the success of Pyeongchang, and not only the sporting success."

was plunged into uncertainty after the March 4 elections resulted in a hung parliament with no group in a position to govern alone. The M5S became Italy's leading single party with 32.7 percent of the vote.

Malago said that any decision would depend on the future government.

"For a bid three legs are needed: the local authority, the government and the Italian Olympic committee," said Malago.

"In this case there is already the availability of the local authority and Coni, but we must listen to the new executive: when there's a government," he added.

"It is not the who writes to the IOC to express the will of the city to apply, but the of Coni."

has twice hosted the -- Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomites in 1956 and in 2006.

Sion in has already announced it intends to bid, with also considering throwing its hat in the ring, along with Innsbruck in Austria, in Canada, and the Japanese city of

Almaty in is another possible candidate.

will host the 2022 Winter Games, after hosting in 2008.

won the right to host the 2024

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 21:45 IST
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