Barcelona Won't Bid For 2022 Winter Games

The Associated Press reports that Barcelona mayor Xavier Trias said Friday that his city won’t present a bid for the 2022 Winter Games and instead wait for its chances to improve by 2026.

Trias said in a statement that the winning “conditions didn’t exist for 2022” and that his city “must concentrate its efforts and commitment to work to reach the Olympic target by 2026”.

According to The Associated Press, Trias failed to earn the backing of rival political parties in the Barcelona town hall, and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach had suggested to Trias that Spain needed to increase its winter sports profile.

Trias said, “the possibility that Barcelona and the Pyrenees host the Winter Games is a great opportunity that we won’t let slip away. Nevertheless, after speaking with the heads of the other political parties in the Barcelona town hall, the Spanish government, the Spanish Olympic Committee, and the International Olympic Committee, they made me see that the conditions for winning didn’t exist in 2022.

He acknowledged that there was still a lot of work to do to prepare a winning bid. He said, “I think we still have a long way to go. Barcelona is a prestigious capital associated with the world of sports, but It’s not linked to the perception of being a city of ice and snow. In the years to come we have to explain to the world that we have the Pyrenees and the ski resorts an hour and a half away from our beaches”.