Bids for the 2006 Winter Olympics
|XX Olympic Winter Games|
Sion, Switzerland · Helsinki · Klagenfurt · Poprad-Tatry · Zakopane
109th IOC Session
|Shortlist||June 19, 1999|
|Decision||June 19, 1999|
|Winner||Turin (53 votes)|
|Runner-up||Sion, Switzerland (36 votes)|
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At the closing date of the receipt of applications to host 2006 Winter Olympics (formally known as XX Olympic Winter Games) on February 1, 1998, six cities had formally presented their candidatures to the IOC. The deadline for the recepit of candidature files was set at 1s September 1998. The Evaluation Commission proceeded with its visits to the six candidate cities in October and November 1998.
In the wake of the Salt Lake City bid scandal, a new bidding procedure was instituted in 1999 to elect the 2006 Winter Olympics host city. After the six candidates cities made their final presentations before the members of the International Olympic Committee, during its 108th Session in Seoul, a new body called "Selection College" was tasked with selecting two "finalist cities" that would be subjected to the members' voting, in order to determine the host city. 
The selection of Turin over Sion came as a surprise, since Sion was the overwhelming favorite in part because the IOC is based in Switzerland. Media speculation was that the choice of Turin was due to the IOC's desire to retaliate against Switzerland for the whistleblower role played by IOC member Marc Hodler in the revelation of the 2002 corruption scandal.
|2006 Host City Election – ballot results|
|City||Country (NOC)||Round 1|
|Logo||City||Country||National Olympic Committee|
|Helsinki||Finland||Finnish Olympic Committee|
Main article: Helsinki bid for the 2006 Winter Olympics
|Klagenfurt||Austria||Austrian Olympic Committee|
Main article: Klagenfurt bid for the 2006 Winter Olympics
|Poprad||Slovakia||Slovak Olympic Committee|
Main article: Poprad-Tatry bid for the 2006 Winter Olympics
|Sion||Switzerland||Swiss Olympic Association|
Main article: Sion bid for the 2006 Winter Olympics
|Turin||Italy||Italian Olympic Committee|
Main article: Turin bid for the 2006 Winter Olympics
|Zakopane||Poland||Polish Olympic Committee|
Main article: Zakopane bid for the 2006 Winter Olympics
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