Bloomberg reports Slovakia is officially joining Poland in a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. In January it was reported that Slovakia supported the idea of a joint bid and at the time Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said “the fundamental question is whether we can afford it or not, whether we have the needed infrastructure for disciplines expected to take place here”.
Slovakia will offer to hold several sporting events, bidding jointly with Poland’s Krakow, said Education and Sports Minister Dusan Caplovic. He reportedly said the government will discuss a detailed analysis of the project’s environmental impact and its costs by the end of October.
According to a document discussed by the Cabinet in the capital Bratislava on Wednesday, the total costs of hosting the Games are estimated at about $2 billion, of which between 20 per cent and 30 per cent shall be borne by Slovakia.
The two countries would submit a joint bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in October, according to the government document.
Currently the IOC does not support joint bids.