POSTED: September 22nd 2010

Barcelona dreams of completing Olympic Games double in 2022

The Olympic Ring on Montjuic could bring back memories / Barcelona Turisme
The Olympic Ring on Montjuic could bring back memories / Barcelona Turisme

KEIR RADNEDGE in Sochi / Sports Features Communications

SOCHI, Sep 22: If Munich fails with its historic bid to win hosting rights to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games then the unique status of playing host in both summer and winter could fall to Barcelona.

The Catalan capital and Zaragoza are the two cities which, I understand, have registered an initial interest with the Spanish Olympic Committee which must ultimately decide between them.

Barcelona hosted the Summer Olympics in 1992 when Spain’s Juan Antonio Samaranch was president of the International Olympic Committee. Now his son, also Juan Antonio, is one of Spain’s two voting IOC members along with Marisol Casado and non-voting member HRH The Infanta Dona Pilar de Borbon.

Other cities considering pressing forward with a bid for 2022 are Santiago (Chile), Lviv (Ukraine), Reno-Tahoe (USA), Zakopane (Poland), Quebec City and Calgary (Canada) and Harbin (China). In the event that Annecy is not successful Toulouse (France) is contemplating jumping in the ring. Norway, Finland and Romania have also hinted at a possible bid.

Spain is clear to bid for an Olympic hosting after Madrid was defeated by Rio de Janeiro in the third and final round of voting for the 2016 Summer Games. National Olympic officials have said the country will not be bidding again for the summer Games in the foreseeable future.

The country’s interest adds a further level of intrigue to the bid process for the 2018 Winter Games. Annecy (France, Munich (Germany) and PyeongChang (South Korea) will learn their fate at the IOC Session in Durban next July.

Clearly, any European interest in 2022 would be severely comprised if Annecy or Munich were to prove successful. The prospects of the IOC voting for a European hosting twice in succession are remote, to say the least.

Keywords · Barcelona · 2022 Olympics · winter Games · Olympic bidding

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