- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SCHALDMING, Austria (AP) - Two cities in the Austrian province of Styria are exploring the possibility of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics, three months after a potential bid from Innsbruck was rejected by inhabitants of Tyrol.

Graz and Schladming said on Tuesday they are working on a financial plan to be presented in March, followed by a feasibility study and an infrastructural concept in June. Schladming Mayor Jurgen Winter said no referendum would be held.

In October, Innsbruck dropped plans to bid for the 2026 Olympics after more than 53 percent of the citizens in Tyrol voted against.

Candidate host cities for 2026 must have sent a letter of intent to the IOC by the end of March and present their final concept in September. The hosting rights will be awarded in 2019.

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