Four candidates remain in contention to be Switzerland's candidate for the 2026 Winter Olympics ©Getty Images

Swiss Olympic have announced that four candidate projects have taken part in the third workshop of their consultation process ahead of selecting proposal to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Five proposals had previously been mentioned by Swiss Olympic, but it appears the "Central Switzerland 2026” project is no longer in contention to be a candidate.

insidethegames has contacted Swiss Olympic for further information regarding the project from Central Switzerland.

The "Olympic Winter Games 2026 Graubünden and partners" project took part in the latest workshop, along with the multi-region efforts "2026 - Games for our future" and "Switzerland 2026".

The "Swiss Made Winter Games", a project from Western Switzerland, was also present.

Swiss Olympic claim the latest workshop, which took place in Bern, gave the projects the chance to test their ideas with members of their 2026 Taskforce.

The Taskforce includes René Fasel and Gian Franco Kasper, Presidents of the International Ice Hockey Federation and International Ski Federation respectively, as well as Olympic medallists Didier Cuche and Florence Schelling.

Technical experts were reportedly present to help the prospective candidates to help refine their vision for organising an Olympic Games.

The discussions were claimed to be based upon instructions given by Swiss Olympic in the previous two workshops, which advised the projects to reflect how their effort would have a positive and sustainable impact, not only on the practice of sport in Switzerland, but also from an economic, touristic and social perspective.

Swiss Olympic President Jörg Schild has claimed the Games can have a very positive impact on Switzerland ©SOV
Swiss Olympic President Jörg Schild has claimed the Games can have a very positive impact on Switzerland ©SOV

"I am very happy with the quality of the talks we had with the candidate projects," said Jörg Schild, Swiss Olympic President.

"We know that Switzerland can be a candidate, thanks to the changes brought by the International Olympic Committee with its Agenda 2020.

"We also think that we must be candidate because, if they are organised in a smart way, the Games could have a very positive impact on our country.

"And finally, we believe that we must be a candidate now, because the time is right for 2026 for many reasons."

Regions have the opportunity to take part in an optional final working group meeting, before submitting their project descriptions to Swiss Olympic’s 2026 Taskforce on December 15.

An evaluation report is scheduled to be made on each of the projects in early 2017.

Based on that report, Swiss Olympic’s Executive Council will make a final recommendation to the Swiss Sport Parliament, who will have the final say on whether the country should pursue a bid for the Games in 2026.

They are expected to make a final decision in March 2017, after an alternation was made to the timescale.

It is still possible the bid could be abandoned if no suitable candidate emerges.

St Moritz, an Alpine resort town in the Engadin, had also hosted the 1928 Olympics.

A number of Swiss candidacies have collapsed in recent years, including for the 2006 Winter Olympics and Paralympics when Sion, the capital of canton Valais, was defeated by Turin.

Other bids from Graubünden, Bern, Zurich, Lausanne and Geneva have all failed because of local opposition or because the SOV did not support them.