Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias told Cataluña Radio Thursday that Barcelona is not planning to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The mayor said he believes that the lack of support from the Popular Party and the Socialist (PSOE) Party will mean the city will not present itself as a possible host city.
He said, “I would have preferred 2022, but if that is not possible, then we’ll try for 2026”.
Trias met with 50 representatives of the Pyrenees, the Catalan government and Barcelona-Pyrenees 2022 officials Thursday to gauge the level of support.
He said in a statement, “the entire territory, without any detractors, showed great enthusiasm and really want us to bid on 2022. We want a Winter Olympics that has maximum support from all the parties and every chance of winning, whether it’s in 2022 or 2026”.
He travelled to Lausanne, Switzerland Wednesday to consult with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach about a possible Barcelona bid.
In a statement Trias said, “his advice wasn’t criticism but aid aimed at giving us a better chance of winning. Some of that was to explain the project in more detail, so that the links between Barcelona and the mountains can be better understood, to show how close the two sites are to one another, and a bigger push to promote winter sports”.
He said Barcelona’s candidacy is not much different to the previous ones, citing the 2006 Turn Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Games as examples. The Pyrenees, where the majority of alpine events would be held, are just 150 km. away, much like in those previous host cities.
The Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) must submit a bid to the IOC by November 14, but before that must hold an extraordinary general assembly to ratify a decision, an event that needs 20 days’ advance notice.