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Following are some key facts about the bid by the Swiss town of Sion for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

This content was published on June 18, 1999 - 06:18

Following are some key facts about the bid by the Swiss town of Sion for the 2006 Winter Olympics:


- Population: 26,000

- Previous games: St. Moritz (Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948)

- Sites: ice sports in the Rhone valley; alpine events at Crans-Montana and Veysonnaz; bob and luge at St. Moritz.

- Strengths (as presented by organisers): Swiss stability and efficiency; use of many existing facilities, including the World Cup ski venues of Crans-Montana and Veysonnaz; experience in staging big sports events; improvements since previous bid for 2000 games.

- Weaknesses: distance to bobsled and luge venue in St. Moritz (six hours by road); Switzerland is expensive to visit; possible backlash against Marc Hodler, Swiss member of the International Olympic Committee, for his Olympic corruption allegations.

- Fact: it is Sion’s third bid for the games after it failed to clinch the nomination for the 1976 and 2002 Olympics.

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