Olympics: Barcelona readies 2022 Winter Olympics bid a day after Madrid loss
BARCELONA (AP) - Less than one day after Madrid lost in its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias said that the city is prepared to present a bid for the 2022 Winter Games.
"We have the dossier ready," Trias told Catalan television Sunday. "We need to speak with the Spanish Olympic Committee to see if they are ready to go forward with this venture."
Madrid failed in its third straight try to win the right to host the Summer Games on Saturday when the International Olympic Committee chose Tokyo over the Spanish capital and Istanbul.
Barcelona is planning to present a "Barcelona-Pyrenees" bid with the nearby mountains as an alpine venue. Barcelona's previous mayor, Jordi Hereu, announced plans to bid for the 2022 Games in 2010, before Madrid announced its most recent bid for the Summer Games.