POSTED: November 20th 2010

Swiss sports vote to study launching bid to host 2022 winter Olympics Games

A potential Swiss winter Games venue could be Davos / lake images
A potential Swiss winter Games venue could be Davos / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/BERNE, Nov 20: An extra shadow on the horizon of Europe’s bidders to host the 2018 winter Olympics has been cast by the Swiss sports parliament to study possible candidates for the 2022 Games.

Meeting in the Maison du Sport in Bern the parliament, comprising the 82 national sports associations voted to investigate potential host cities by 385 votes in favour and two abstentions.

The decision followed up earlier comments strongly in favour of such a move from Jorg Schild, president of the Swiss national Olympic committee, and from Sports Minister Ueli Maurer. The latter had described a winter Games hosting in Switzerland as “almost a matter of urgency.”

Likely candidatures would include Saint-Moritz/Davos, Geneva and Central Switzerland. At one stage Geneva had considered a 2018 bid but had dropped the idea in December 2008 and preferred to support the ongoing Annecy campaign.

The other 2018 candidates are Munich and PyeongChang from South Korea. The International Olympic Committee makes up its mind in Durban next July. A victory then for the Koreans would almost certainly firm up Swiss sports opinion in favour of a 2022 bid.

Switzerland, despite its powerful winter sports culture, has hosted the Games only twice – in St-Moritz in 1928 and 1948. Sion had been an earlier bidder for the 2006 Games which were hosted by Turin while a latter concept for a Berne bid was rejected by a local referendum.

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