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Volume 7 No. 129


The Swiss government asked parliament on Wednesday to approve spending of up to 994M Swiss francs ($1B) on a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, according to Michael Shields of REUTERS. The Swiss city of Sion is one of seven candidate sites. The others are Calgary, Canada; Graz, Austria; Stockholm, Sweden; Erzurum, Turkey; Sapporo, Japan; and an Italian bid involving Cortina d'Ampezzo, Milan and Turin. Sion's candidacy will "remain on ice," however, until residents of the canton of Wallis, where the city is situated, vote on whether to approve the bid in a referendum scheduled for next month (REUTERS, 5/23).