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A new meeting to try to save the candidacy of the 2030 Olympic Games

BarcelonaThe Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) continues to gain time in order to save the candidacy to bring the Winter Olympics to the Pyrenees in 2030. This Thursday, the Aragonese Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Felipe Faci, led at the headquarters of the COE in Madrid the new proposal to distribute the possible headquarters, the alternative of the technical document that a week ago the same COE signed, giving it as valid, together with members of the central government and the Generalitat de Catalunya.

The COE admitted that this proposal “modifies in some respects the one presented, debated and agreed by the technical commission in which they participated”. This commission, with three representatives of the central government, three from Catalonia, three from Aragon and three from the COE itself, closed in mid-March a proposal to distribute its headquarters, which everyone considered valid. Once it was leaked to the press, however, the president of Aragon, Javier Lambán, resigned, stating that he rejected it because it was the most important sporting event in Catalonia. The day they were waiting for him in Madrid to close months and months of negotiations, Lambán stayed in Zaragoza.

“The COE will convene a meeting in the coming days to find the final solution to the candidacy presented to the International Olympic Committee and with the support of the Spanish government to hold the 2030 Winter Olympics in Catalonia and Aragon,” he said yesterday. the COE. The Generalitat de Catalunya will go there to show its good will, but it does not intend to move a single point of the agreement, as it was signed in the presence of representatives of the COE. The Aragonese proposal proposes that all the valleys of the Aragonese Pyrenees have a “leading role” in the candidacy. To do this, he proposes to divide alpine skiing and cross-country skiing between Catalonia and Aragon. In the proposal signed by the COE, on the other hand, all alpine skiing is in Catalonia and all cross-country skiing in Aragon. The Aragonese proposal is for Catalonia to have evidence of freestyle and downhill skiing, while Aragon would have snowboarding and biathlon. In terms of ice-related disciplines, Aragón would host the curling, figure skating and speed skating events on the short track, while the long track and ice hockey competitions would be held in Catalonia. Faci gave as an example the next Winter Games of 2026, those of Milan – Cortina d’Ampezzo, where the men’s and women’s ski trials will have a different venue, a model that could be replicated in 2030 between Aragon and Catalonia .



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