Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau says the city will not be bidding to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. Sports Business reports the new mayor “has decided that this is not a priority project for the city”.
Deputy Mayor Gerardo Pisarello said the city will instead “invest in grassroots sports more typical of the Mediterranean region”.
Former Mayor Xavier Trias was keen on bidding for the 2022 Games but in 2013 said the timing was not right and that the 2026 Games would be a better target.
Six cities later entered the 2022 race, four from Europe that eventually left the race due to various political and economic reasons. Almaty in Kazakhstan and Beijing remain in the campaign that will be decided July 31 in Kuala Lumpur.
Meanwhile New Zealand, Sweden, Stockholm, Oslo, Lviv in Poland and Sapporo in Japan have all expressed interest in bidding for the 2026 Winter Games – they’ll face new bidding conditions offered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as part of Agenda 2020 reforms implemented last year.
Bid applications for 2026 are due in 2017 with a final vote by the IOC in 2019.