Barcelona Mayor Cools Talk of a 2022 Winter Olympics Bid

October 21, 2013

The Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias has said that the city is unlikely to bid for the Winter Olympic Games in 2022.

Trias told Cataluna Radio last week that their bid lacked support from the Popular Party and the Socialist (PSOE) Party, leaving the city in a difficult situation.

The Mayor said: “I would have preferred 2022, but if that is not possible, then we’ll try for 2026.”

He continued 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.”

The Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) must submit a bid to the IOC by November 14 if they are to be eligible.