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HZDS wants Olympic games in Slovakia

THE GOVERNING Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) plans to prepare a project to bring the Winter Olympic Games to Slovakia, the Nový Čas daily reported on December 27.

According to HZDS vice-chairman Milan Urbáni, it would be a realistic aim to hold the Winter Olympics in Poprad in eastern Slovakia's Prešov region in 12 years time. "The High Tatras are in the heart of Europe, and our candidacy for the Winter Olympics may help the region," said Urbáni.

Poprad's mayor, Anton Danko, said that he was surprised by the idea, but added that he supports it. "I suppose Slovakia could apply for the Olympic Games in 2020 if our economy develops well," he said.

HZDS claims that all the money invested in the Olympics would be gotten back, and that a profit is also possible.

So far, Slovakia has applied unsuccessfully for the right to hold the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.

Urbáni obviously has the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in mind, as 2020 is a summer-Olympics year.

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