Winter Olympics 2026: a dancing-duo is ready to be the host

Milano-Cortina running to be the host of the Olympics. In good shape, but what’s with the other runners?

Milano-Cortina 2026, this is the final couple of city that together run to host the Winter Olympic Games of 2026.

The only other competitor remaining today is Stockholm, with all the support of the Scandinavian countries.

Stockholm and its majestic nature

Very unsure hosts lost on the way

During the last months we lost on the way a few candidates, and mainly for internal review that brought to the withdraw of the candidacy to host the Games. Calgary, Canada withdrew on November 2018), Japan Sapporo, Japan withdrew on September 2018), Graz, Austria withdrew on July 2018) Sion, Switzerland (withdrew on June 2018).

Only Erzurum, Turkey was not invited to candidature stage on 4 October 2018.

Milan-Cortina after Turin?

Italy has already hosted the Winter games quite recently, with Turin in 2006. Turin itself was already somewhat joined by a satellite of smaller mountain cities that were covering the alpine disciplines. Most notable probably the ”via Lattea” with Sestriere.

In this case, given the distance from the city (Milan) and the important heritage of who has already hosted winter games in the past, Cortina will be well present among the names of the hosts. Cortina was the host of 1956 Winter Olympic games and it would be an important showcase to the world with strong promotion opportunities.

Milan, tram in the night

Milan would continue the growth from Expo 2015 with the booming fashion capital taking ground also as a pure touristic destinations.

The final decision for the host of the 2026 Winter Olympics, between Milano-Cortina and Stockholm will be taken during June 2019 in Lausanne (Switzerland).

A new star at the horizon. Can Cecchinato revive Italian tennis?

Italian men’s tennis has been for very long too calm, but things may change now, with the quick grow of Marco Cecchinato

Tennis. A sport that, on the female side, has given recently a lot of satisfactions to Italian fans. Schiavone, Pennetta, Vinci above all, but also Giorgi and Errani more recently. Lots of victories, as individuals and as a team, winning the Fed cup in 2006, 2009, 2010 and last in 2013.

tennis player

Among men instead it has been quite too calm, with no real victories in the more important tournaments, except for a few exploit from Fognini

As a team as poorly performed since the last victory in Davis cup in 1976 and last runner up in 1998.

Things may change though, with the quick grow of Marco Cecchinato. Born in 1992, among professional since 2010 and now heading to the top of the ATP chart.

Marco Cecchinato

On October 2018 entered in the TOP 20, with the 19th position, and after having held on the 20th for a couple of months, he’s now sure to be at least 18th after having beaten in the quarter final of Qatar ExxonMobil Open the Serbian Dusan Lajovic, number 48 Atp: for 7-6, 6-2.

A good way to start the year, aiming to the top 15th and hopefully even more.

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Football, money and a match for human rights.

Football match of human right one. Let’s figure out now what to wait the 16th for..

On January 16th, in Jedda, Saudi Arabia there will be the match of Italian SuperCup in between Juventus and A.C. Milan. The winner of last year Serie A, versus the winner, albeit in this case runner up of the National cup. Runner up, as Juventus won both competitions and needed an opponent.

Milan supporters

As this prologue suggests, the match may not be the most interesting one, given the distance still clear in between the two teams in terms of shape and skills. Juventus is a giant, in Italy and Europe, since almost 10 years in a row. A.C.Milan instead, hardly remember the joy of the past 20 years.

This match may become more memorable instead for the human aspects and in particular on the role of the woman in Saudi.

Italian politicians for once with one single view

As a matter of fact, Italian politicians, from right to left, have suggested the possibility to have the match played elsewhere, given the restriction to women to visit the stadium. Two of the figures more far in the political landscape, Mr. Salvini, currently Inner Minister, with far-right view and Mrs. Boldrini, far-left wing and previously head of the senate, have vowed together against the choice from the Football Association of having the SuperCup hosted in Saudi Arabia.

muslim woman

In the meantime instead, Saudi government is keen to allow women visiting the stadium alone, without a partner. Which in the Islamic country seems to be a radical change of habit.

The debate continues and seems to move away the attention from the sport event, and more on topic related to basic human rights. The push from Italian politicians may actually have for once a much broader range of actions, amplifying the voices inside the countries against the limited freedom given to women in Saudi.

Calcio in 2018. The good, the bad and the so so.

How was 2018 for Italian football, the beloved calcio. A snapshot of the most important questions and answers.

Another year is concluded and its time to look back at what it happened in the last year.

In Italy this relates to few topics, the most popular being probably football.

For almost ten years the questions have been somewhat repetitive and the answers too.

Did Juventus won the Serie A? Did Juventus won the Champions League? Are the two teams from Milan back in track? Are the unresolved issues with violence finally terminated?

And the easy answers have been: Yes, No, No, No. This being the case also in 2018.

Juventus led again the national league, with no real competitors, as in the last 8 years. Looking forward to celebrations in May, Serie A is more of a showcase for his great new jewel, Ronaldo.

Juventus flag

Not done yet in Champions league instead. A few finals in the last year didn’t end the nostalgy from that evening back in 1996, last time Juventus won the cup. Great games at times, but nothing more. Not the final shout of joy.

And the other teams from the peninsula which participated didn’t do very well either, for a few exceptions, such as the incredible duel between Roma and Barcelona back in spring.

It’s no more time of the great black tulips in Milan, but also the times which followed with the victories during the 90s and beyond. A.C. Milan is very far from its legendary times, and hasnt put a nice streak of victories either yet. Fallimentary in Europe and very poor at home.

And it’s no more time of special one and triplete also for the nerazzuri of F.C. Inter. The last time the team celebrated was really special, like its trainer, Mourinho. But since then, nothing else basically. A promising striker, which seems always close to jump into the elite of the players of these years, but not yet. And a mix of good but not excellent players. Which may do well with their national teams rather than in Milan pitch.

And unfortunately, it has been another year in which it hasn’t been discussed only events in the football field, but also outside. Some good example in the infrastructure, with more trust on supporters as in the stadium of Juventus hasn’t really helped in educating the larger mass.

Ultra’ supporters, associated as groups, have been involved at times in violence acts, with national and foreigners teams. Police and the law have become harder and stricter, but the problems stays and facts repeat their selves over and over.

As it seems to be more related to a part of the society, that lives football with a complete different view then it is in the reality. An excuse to ventilate the frustrations, no one knows what pushes supporters to throw a rock or punch one from an opponent team. Surely seems to be difficult to eradicate. But not impossible