POSTED: May 26th 2014

Krakow 2022: Bike lanes and surveillance cameras priorities over 2022 Olympic Bid

Krakow citizens have other desires for their city  / De Visu Bigstock
Krakow citizens have other desires for their city / De Visu Bigstock

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Polish people have spoken: more bike lanes and surveillance cameras but no to the Olympics and a new metro system.

Krakow Mayor Jacek Majchrowski announced at a news conference that the Polish city would be pulling out of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games bidding race.

Following a referendum yesterday to test public support, reports in the Polish media said that Jakub Michaluk, head of the Municipal Referendum Committee, confirmed that the Krakow bid wound up with 69.72% voting against the campaign with 35.96% turning out at the polls well exceeding the needed 30% for a valid vote.

Krakow was in the bid race against Almaty, Beijing, Oslo and Lviv to host the Winter Games and this bid race has proven to be a real eye opener with Oslo struggling to gain government support and Lviv engulfed in the Ukraine government crisis. There is a possibility that the 2022 campaign could wind up a race between Almaty and Beijing if the other two can't get their needed support.

The Polish bid was estimated to have budgeted in at around 21 billion zloty or €5 billion Euros.

Interesting to note that the Olympic referendum was also useful to test the public opinion on other areas and a high 89% voted in favor of new bike lanes, about 70% backed more surveillance cameras however only 55% supported the plans for a new metro line which would have been a high priority in the event that the Olympic bid went forward.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet in early July in Lausanne to decide on a shortlist of the remaining four cities. Usually then tend to pick three but in this instance it is possible they will just leave the group depending on what happens between now and then.

Keywords · Krakow · Olympics · Almaty · Beijing · Oslo · Lviv · IOC

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