An event organized this Saturday in Vielha by the COE will be a timid starting signal for the Olympic aspirations. The candidacy is now called Pirineus-Barcelona-Zaragoza
The vice-president of the IOC Samaranch calls for institutional and social “unanimity” to be able to become the headquarters
The Olympic bid for the 2030 Winter Games he lives in a state of lethargy, waiting for someone to give him a boost. That someone must in principle be the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) that today organizes an institutional act in Vielha that seems timid as the starting gun.
Some local authorities will appear, it will be present in principle Alejandro Blanco, president of the COE, there will be a couple of speeches, but the presidents of Catalonia and Aragon are not expected, hosts of a project that is now provisionally called Pyrenees Barcelona Zaragoza-2030. Perhaps you end up finding a shorter, more commercial name.
The name responds to the central will that it be a unitary candidacy. “It is a project of the country, of the State, in which Aragon and Catalonia are directly involved on an equal footing,” according to the president in September. Pedro Sanchez.
Barcelona is called to host many of the tests that do not require snow, after adaptation of some facilities. You can think of curling, skating or the opening ceremony. An Olympic event that, apart from linking with the 1992 Games, should energize a downcast city thirsty for some great event, an idea that the mayor does not necessarily share. Ada Colau.
There is a budget line for the Generalitat, worth 800,000 euros, to hold a binding referendum on the degree of support for the organization of the Olympic event. In principle, it should involve the Pyrenean regions, although voices such as Colau herself have claimed that Barcelona, as an organizing party and commercial spearhead, should also be consulted. In Aragon no vote is foreseen.
Nothing is specified regarding the Catalan territories with voting rights. It is not the only fuzzy thing about a project in blankets and that requires the definitive institutional agreement to be able to send the necessary letter of intent to the LOOK. Some of the people involved in the project believe that it would be advisable for this letter to be transferred in February, during the Beijing Winter Games.
Olympic nominations are now nominated much more in advance (Brisbane, for example, has already been chosen for the 2032 Games, 11 years earlier) and are based more on technical visits, without the auctions of yesteryear that gave rise to all kinds of suspicions.
“Focused on ‘no'”
There is the conviction that if the internal support is complete, the Pirineus-Barcelona-Zaragoza nomination will be a reality. Precisely the First Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Joan Antoni Samaranch, he recalled yesterday, in statements to TV-3, the need for “unanimity” both institutional and social to be the Olympic venue, at a time when he sees Catalonia “focused on the no.” Politically, they are in favor PSC, Junts, PP, Ciudadanos; against CUP and Vox, and ERC and Comuns tend to abstain.
Today’s act should serve to show that the will is real and, incidentally, know the main lines of a project that has some ecological groups against it, such as the Stop JJOO Platform, which was presented on Wednesday with Kilian Jornet and Aracel.li Segarra as familiar faces.
The supporters of the candidacy emphasize that an Olympic Games can be held “without cutting even a tree branch.” It is in line with what the IOC is asking for. Samaranch explained yesterday that a highly valued factor is that investments in infrastructures are designed so that they can carry out long-term use and have a positive impact on the territory.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.