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Malago to lead organizing committee if Milan-Cortina wins

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ROME (AP) — Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago will lead the organizing committee if the Milan-Cortina dAmpezzo bid wins next months vote to host the 2026 Winter Games.

Malagos announcement came hours after a massive police operation in the Milan area resulted in 43 people being arrested — many of them public officials — for alleged corruption in assigning public construction projects to “Mafia-like” groups.

“If someone has made mistakes I dont think it can affect the Olympic bid,” said Lombardy president Attilio Fontana, who attended a meeting with Malago on Tuesday.

Malagos decision was made together with representatives of Milan, Cortina and the two regions.

“The IOC wants a representative from the sports world,” Malago said, adding that a business manager would take on the role of CEO.

Malago would remain president of CONI, with his current term ending in 2021. If re-elected, Malago could remain CONI president through 2025 and the body said he could also remain organizing committee head through the 2026 Read More – Source