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SION OLYMPIC REFERENDUM UNDERWAY - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
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Votes are being cast and counted in the Swiss canton of Valais over the fate of a 2026 Winter Olympic bid. The outcome is too close to call. NEW

 

 

The vote is over a CHF 100m funding package for Sion to host The Winter Games. 

An opinion poll by the Swiss television service, RTS, predicted only 42% would vote for the bid to proceed. 

Opponents believe the money would be better spent on public services such as hospitals, schools and transport.  

Supporters beleive it would benefit the canton and the country and that recent reforms to the Olympics mean it would be financially sound.

Switzerland last held the Winter Olympics in 1948.  

The Federal Government has indicated support for the bid and would likely provide much of the money and backing.

People in the Swiss canton of Graubünden voted decisively against Davos and St Moritz bidding for the 2026 Games in a referendum in February 2017.

We reported on the rejection on 13th February in PlanetSKI's News in Brief.

The Sion bid uses much existing infrastructure.

The events would take place across 5 cantons.

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An earlier referendum in the Austrian city of Innsbruck rejected a bid for 2026.

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