Slovakia and Poland Plan Joint Bid for 2022 Winter Olympics
By iSportconnect | January 25, 2013
The two countries share a border along the High Tatras mountain range, medicine a popular destination for winter holidays.
Fico met representatives from the Slovak Olympic Committee, the High Tatras area and the country’s ice hockey and ski associations in the town of Poprad to discuss the matter. Poprad bid for the 2002 and 2006 Winter Games without success.
The Prime Minister 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.”
“It would be a great success should we succeed with Poland, the candidacy alone will mean further PR for Slovakia and it will be a great opportunity for development of the infrastructure.”
Poland’s Sports Ministry has announced it would back the proposal to co-host the Games and that the government would be meeting soon to discuss necessary guarantees for the bid.
The cost of hosting the games would be split between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who are expected to provide around 40% of the funds, and the winning bidder.
The IOC’s deadline for applications is November 2013 and the host city will be chosen in July 2015.