The Polish city of Krakow is ready to submit a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, in which it counts on Slovakia's ski resort in Jasná in the Žilina Region as the venue for organising the alpine disciplines during the games, according to an agreement reached by a Polish-Slovak committee tasked with preparing the bid at a joint session in Demänovská Dolina on Thursday, August 21.
“It's essential to take all the steps together,” said president of the Polish Olympic Committee Andrzej Krasnicki, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “We want to set an example that such sporting events can be organised in co-operation between two neighbouring countries and nations. The idea is to focus on the Tatra Mountains area [both on the Slovak and Polish side],and so that both sides can benefit permanently from the effort.”
In addition, Juraj Blanár who represents Slovakia on the joint preparation committee disclosed that Krakow is expected to announce its official candidacy on November 14. “It's subsequently slated to submit the bid supplemented with all the required attachments in March 2014,” said Blanár who also serves as governor of the Žilina Region and as a Smer MP. He also added that the ski resort in Jasná already holds a certificate granted by the International Ski Federation (FIS). Nonetheless, “it's up to the state and the regional government to completely develop high-quality infrastructure in the area”, Blanár said.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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