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SBD Global/March 4, 2013/Olympics

St. Moritz, Davos Pitch To Bid On 2022 Winter Olympics Rejected By Public

St. Moritz's plans to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics jointly with nearby Davos "were narrowly rejected by the public in a referendum on Sunday," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The referendum was held in the entire Swiss canton of Graubuenden, where both towns are located, and 52.66% of voters said no while 47.34% were in favor. The turnout was 59.14%. St. Moritz "was hoping to host the Games for the third time" after staging them in '28 and '48. Davos has never hosted them. On its website, the Swiss Olympic Committee said, "The rejection of the Olympic candidacy has stopped the Graubuenden 2022 project" (REUTERS, 3/3).
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