Bids for the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Bids for the
2006 (2006) Winter Olympics
XX Olympic Winter Games
Turin bid for the 2006 Winter Olympics poster.gif
Sion, Switzerland · Helsinki · Klagenfurt · Poprad-Tatry · Zakopane
Committee IOC
Election venue Seoul
109th IOC Session
Missing location of the bidding cities.
Location of the bidding cities
Important dates
Shortlist June 19, 1999
Decision June 19, 1999
Winner Turin (53 votes)
Runner-up Sion, Switzerland (36 votes)

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.[1]

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.[2] [3]

Turin's bid ended up defeating Sion by 53 votes to 36. The other four non-shortlisted candidate cities that made presentations to the IOC were Helsinki, Klagenfurt, Poprad-Tatry and Zakopane.

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.[4] 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.[5]

Final selection[edit]

2006 Host City Election – ballot results
City Country (NOC) Round 1
Turin  Italy 53
Sion   Switzerland 36
Helsinki  Finland
Klagenfurt  Austria
Poprad-Tatry  Slovakia
Zakopane  Poland

Bidding cities[edit]

Logo City Country National Olympic Committee
Logo of Helsinki's campaign. Helsinki  Finland Finnish Olympic Committee
Logo of Klagenfurt's campaign. Klagenfurt  Austria Austrian Olympic Committee
Logo of Poprad's campaign. Poprad  Slovakia Slovak Olympic Committee
Logo of Sion's campaign. Sion   Switzerland Swiss Olympic Association
Logo of Turin's campaign. Turin  Italy Italian Olympic Committee
Logo of Zakopane's campaign. Zakopane  Poland Polish Olympic Committee


  1. ^ "Report of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the XX Olympic Winter Games in 2006" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2014-03-29. , p.7-8
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  4. ^ "Olympic corruption whistle-blower Hodler dies". USA Today. October 18, 2006. Archived from the original on February 21, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Italian city prepares for next Winter Olympics". Associated Press/ESPN. February 24, 2002. Archived from the original on February 21, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2007.