Sion in Switzerland could be set to launch a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games ©AFP/Getty Images

Sion in Switzerland is looking increasingly likely to bid for the hosting rights to the 2026 Winter Olympic Games after a plan was presented to the State Council of Valais, the canton of which it is the capital.

The plan presented by Christian Constantin, the President of Swiss Super League outfit FC Sion, comes after the canton of Grisons abandoned a proposed bid to stage the 2022 Games.

Sion has never hosted a Games having bid unsuccessfully for the winter event on three separate occasions in 1976, 2002 and 2006; editions which were awarded to Innsbruck, Salt Lake City and Turin respectively.

Constantin proposes using existing venues in the canton together with those in others, including an ice rink in Vaud, and facilities in Bern and Grisons.

"When you’ve lost it’s no good dwelling on the defeat," said Constantin.

"You need to seek the next victory."

Switzerland's proposed bid to host the 2022 Games in St Moritz and Davos was ended in March 2013 after a state referendum rejected the idea.

Voters in Grisons opted 52.66 per cent to 47.34 per cent to decide against approving funding of 300 million CHF (£203.9 million/$310.2 million/€274.8 million) with the turnout at 59 per cent.

Swiss officials had estimated that the Games would cost 2.46 billion CHF (£1.7 billion/$2.5 billion/€2.3 billion) to host.

The no voters rejected bid organisers' claims that Olympic hosting would help tourism in the area and boost the local economy.

FC Sion President Christian Constantin has presented a bid plan to the State Council of Valais
FC Sion President Christian Constantin has presented a bid plan to the State Council of Valais ©AFP/Getty Images

If Sion does go ahead with its bid it could face competition from a number of cities from across the globe, with Trento in Italy, the German city of Dresden, Lviv in Ukraine, Sweden's capital Stockholm, Quebec City and Calgary in Canada, and the Japanese city of Sapporo all mooted as potential bidders.

Both Stockholm and Norway’s capital Oslo withdrew planned bids to host the 2022 Games, while Salzburg in Austria rallied unsuccessfully for the 2014 edition.

Kazakh city Astana, which missed out to Beijing in the 2022 race, could possibly bid again.

"After the Games in Sochi [2014], and those of South Korea [Pyeongchang 2018] and Beijing [2022], the Games will return, I hope, to their origins, and therefore to Europe," Adolf Ogi, former President of Sion’s 2006 bid, told 24 Heures.

"Switzerland has a great chance, but it will not be easy as there could be other applications, for example from Austria, Sweden or Norway."

The Valais Government is set to decide whether to back the plan at a future meeting.

Serge Métrailler, President of the Christian Democratic Party in Valais, added: "The idea is worth studying.

"But given the scale of the Games, we would need to feel we had the strong support of the population beyond Valais.

"The canton can’t carry this project alone."

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