Governing bodies have supported a potential Swiss Winter Olympic bid ©Getty Images

Swiss sporting federations have given "overwhelming support" to a potential 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic bid, according to the results of a survey.

Switzerland looks almost certain to bid for the Games with two possible projects still in the running to be their candidate city.

A final decision will be made by Swiss Olympic's Executive Council on March 7 with the stakeholder survey issued to various governing bodies of both winter and summer sports.

In all, 103 Presidents, vice presidents and general secretaries of Swiss federations were quizzed, with 96 per cent saying they would like to see Switzerland play host in 2026.

Eighty-six per cent said they believed organising the Games would "boost" sport in the European country, while 59 per cent said they thought hosting would increase sport participation by people with a disability.

The timing of the bid was also surveyed as with the next two Winter Olympics - Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022 - taking place in Asia, Europe would seem well poised for a 2026 attempt.

Eighty per cent said they agreed that the time was right for a Swiss bid, while 83 per cent said they were willing to play an "active role" during an international bid campaign.

Switzerland has hosted the Winter Olympics twice before, with St Moritz staging the Games in 1928 and 1948.

The country will also host the Winter Youth Olympics in 2020 in Lausanne - the home of the International Olympic Committee - as well as the 2021 Winter Universiade in Lucerne.

Former Swiss skier Didier Cuche is backing the bid ©Getty Images
Former Swiss skier Didier Cuche is backing the bid ©Getty Images

The two Winter Olympics projects for 2026 are Graubünden und Partner 2026 (Eastern Switzerland) and Sion 2026: The Games in The Heart of Switzerland (Western Switzerland).

Jürg Stahl, Swiss Olympic President, said: "Since the inception of the 2026 project, Swiss Olympic has continuously been receiving positive feedback from all around the country.

"Having our members - both from summer and winter federations - express their support and commitment in such high numbers for 2026 is fantastic. 

"Also personally, wherever I go, the enthusiasm is there. 

"A real momentum is starting to be built for the future of winter sports in Switzerland, and the organisation of both the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne and the 2021 Winter Universiade in Lucerne is a just another proof of that. 

"The road is still long, but I really feel that something is brewing in our country around this Olympic ambition."

Other bids for 2026 could come from Canadian city Calgary and Sweden.

Skier Didier Cuche, who won Olympic super-G silver for Switzerland at Nagano 1998 and is a member of the Swiss 2026 Taskforce, said: "The Olympic Games are such an inspirational event and I am glad to see that the leaders of Swiss sport are as excited as I am about the idea of bringing the Olympic Games back to Switzerland. 

"We still have work to do to develop the smartest possible project, but these results encourage us to continue in the direction we set at the start of this process."