The vote to choose a winner from the Swedish and Italian rivals is expected to be closer than the vote when Beijing beat the Kazakh city Almaty to land the Winter Games. On the road to the decision, bids from Calgary, Graz in Austria, Japan's Sapporo and Sion in Switzerland have fallen by the wayside, mainly because of concerns over the cost or a lack of popular support. The bid by Stockholm and the Are ski area -- which hosted the World Ski Championships in February -- appeared to be running out of steam a few months ago due to a lack of funding commitments, but the government has now swung behind it. Sweden presents its bid. Italy's champion skier Sofia Goggia was in Lausanne to back the Italian bid. Michela Moioli, Olympic snowboard champion in , added: "The whole country believes in us; it's your turn to believe in us. A total of 82 IOC members are reportedly likely to cast votes in the ballot to decide the host city, meaning a simple majority of 42 will be required to win.