October 31, 2018 / 11:37 PM / 14 days ago

Olympics-Calgary 2026 Winter Games bid still alive after vote

Oct 31 (Reuters) - Calgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic remained alive after city council voted 8-7 to proceed on Wednesday but hurdles remain with a Nov. 13 plebiscite still to be cleared.

The bid, which had appeared dead after Calgary’s Olympic assessment committee on Tuesday recommended the city scrap plans over a funding row with the Canadian federal government, was brought back to life, but just barely, when the 15-member council allowed the bid to go forward by one vote.

It was a heart-stopping victory for the pro-Olympic backers with eight councilors voting to scrap the bid but because the motion was a reconsideration it required 10 votes to kill.

The western Canadian city, which hosted the Olympics in 1988, will now hold a non-binding plebiscite on Nov. 13 which will decide the bid’s fate.

The vote keeps three candidate cities in the race to host the 2026 Winter Games with Calgary, Stockholm and an Italian bid involving Cortina D’Ampezzo and Milan.

The IOC will elect the winning bid in June, 2019 at its session in Lausanne.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto, Editing by Ed Osmond

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