The Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, announced yesterday at the official press conference that Barcelona withdrew his candidacy to host the Winter Olympic Games in 2022. At the same time, the mayor said that the state government is considering the possibility to present the city to host the Winter Olympic Games in 2026. This statement has been declared a national Catalan television channel TV3.
Yesterday’s decision was announced by the administration of Barcelona to the mayors of other Catalan municipality, where was planned to hold competitions in various disciplines of winter sports, in case if Barcelona presented its candidacy to the International Olympic Committee, which shall accept the candidate cities to 14 November 2013.
According to official sources, the municipality of Barcelona is acutely aware of the chances of the city to host the Winter Olympic Games, but not in 2022, and in 2026. Last Wednesday, the mayor of the capital of Catalonia, Xavier Trias, has met with the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, in the main headquarters of the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland. The meeting lasted an hour and a half and wore a “friendly” nature, according to official sources. Also the meeting was attended by the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco, and the chairman of the IOC in winter sports, Gilbert Felli. At the headquarters of the IOC was organized a welcome breakfast.
According to results of the meeting, the municipal government of Catalonia has published two important conclusions: “The International Olympic Committee highly appreciates the candidacy of Barcelona as a city to host the Winter Olympic Games” and that members of the Olympic Committee consider that, “the Spanish sport needs time to consolidate and nurture world-class athletes in winter sports”.
To present their candidature to the IOC Barcelona do not have much time, so the decision was made and communicate this week to advance the work of the Spanish Olympic Committee, which is now able to devote all its efforts to prepare for Barcelona Olympic Winter Games in 2026 .