Milano Cortina 2026 aims host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in a fiscally responsible, socially sustainable, and environmentally friendly manner.
A key goal of the OCOG is to maximize the use of local expertise and capabilities by involving Event Delivery Entities (EDEs). EDEs are organisations with existing experience and expertise contracted to deliver venues and sport operations for selected disciplines. Partnering with EDEs that have previously organised world-class events will allow the OCOG to leverage their specific knowledge. EDEs will be selected based primarily on their previous experience in organising specific Games events. For example, the OCOG will partner with an existing South Tyrol-based company which successfully organised the 2019 Biathlon World Cup to deliver biathlon at the Games.
Each Games venue or zone will be planned and delivered differently depending on the most efficient solution for the specific context. The events will be delivered by the OCOG, EDEs or a combination of both. Where an EDE is not in place (e.g. in Milan), the OGOC will manage event delivery in-house, while still leveraging the expertise of venue owners and operators through extended venue use agreements. This event-centric organisation model will rely on a local management structure with an Event Director who has responsibility for the venue and event.
The strategy is underpinned by the following considerations:
- Establish an event-driven planning process to enhance the effectiveness of venue design and development, particularly with respect to sustainability, legacy, operational excellence, and cost-efficiency.
- Accelerate knowledge-sharing procedures to shorten the preparation time and Games delivery, thus reducing the overall resource requirement and the size of the workforce.
- Reduce the cost and complexity of each venue and event where possible.
- Explore the most efficient way to deliver each sport/discipline, outsourcing the delivery to selected EDEs to leverage their expertise where appropriate.
- Increase the knowledge and capabilities of EDE staff regarding best practices in sustainable event management, that can be applied to future events organised by the EDEs after the Games.
Source: Information provided by Milano-Cortina Foundation