Polish-Slovak 2022 Winter Olympics bid gets government backing

The cabinet, at its session on Wednesday, March 13, expressed support for a joint Polish-Slovak bid to organise the 2022 Winter Olympics, the TASR newswire reported. The government also agreed that a national preparatory commission for the joint bid would be set up by the end of April.

The cabinet, at its session on Wednesday, March 13, expressed support for a joint Polish-Slovak bid to organise the 2022 Winter Olympics, the TASR newswire reported. The government also agreed that a national preparatory commission for the joint bid would be set up by the end of April.

The Polish side, which would be the main organiser of the games, approached Slovakia in October with an offer to co-organise the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Slovakia was asked to host all the alpine disciplines plus acrobatic skiing. Slovakia agreed on condition that it also at least co-hosted the ice hockey tournament. Such a deal isn't possible according to the Olympic Charter, however, and special dispensation from the International Olympic Committee will be required. Also applying to organise the 2022 games will most probably be Barcelona, St. Moritz in Switzerland, Lviv in Ukraine, Brasov in Romania, and Oslo. Bids should be submitted by November 14. Applicant countries will be shortlisted by July 2014.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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