Krakow 2022 Gets New Bid Leader

Krakow’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games now has a new leader. Krakow’s deputy mayor Magdalena Sroka was chosen during an extraordinary meeting of the bid committee Tuesday, reports the Associated Press.

Sroka succeeds Jagna Marczulajtis-Walczak, a former Olympic snowboarder, who resigned Saturday amid media allegations that her husband offered money to journalists in return for favourable stories about Krakow’s bid.

Sroka said following her appointment, “the Games are a great chance for the development of Krakow. They can accelerate the implementation of strategic investments in the city and in the entire region”.

She added that one of her tasks was improving communication with the public.

Krakow residents are to vote in a referendum May 25 on whether they support hosting the Games.

Also, six of the bid committee’s eight board members were replaced at Thursday’s meeting. The new board, composed of officials from Krakow and nearby towns involved in the bid, held its first meeting immediately.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board is to meet in July to decide which cities make the short list and the IOC will select the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on July 31, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.