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Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias on Monday requested that Spanish political parties the "Convergencia i Union" (CiU), Party of Catalan Socialists (PSC), Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and the People's Party (PPC) "decide within three days whether they will give a 'yes' to Barcelona's possible 2022 Winter Olympic candidacy," according to MUNDO DEPORTIVO. Trias said, "I will not lead a 2022 Olympic candidacy, we will not take this step as a government, if we do not have the support of the PSC, CiU, PP and ERC. So we will decide in 48 or 72 hours on each party's position and then we will make a decision." Trias said that the PPC has supported consideration of a bid, but indicated that it will not give a "yes," and Trias added that if "the PPC maintains this position, the candidacy would be pushed back to 2026" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 10/21).
The German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) said that "it needs more money in order to win medals at the 2016 Rio Games," according to SPIEGEL ONLINE. The DOSB reportedly needs an additional €38M ($52M) annually. It "will allegedly submit a corresponding claim to the German Interior Ministry." DOSB General Secretary Michael Vesper said, "We will see after the coalition negotiations who will take responsibility for sports in the future and present the sports budget request to the new government and parliament." This year, the German Interior Ministry supported sports with €130M. The DOSB would like to see its budget increased to €170M ($232M), which equals a 30% increase. The DOSB said that the reason for the increased budget request "is the growing int'l competition and the demand by the government of the sports federations to be one of the top nations at Olympic Games" (SPIEGEL ONLINE, 10/20).
Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko said that "the Olympic flame for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games has arrived at the North Pole." Chernyshenko, posting a picture of the flame in a delicately designed container, wrote on Twitter, "Record is set! First time ever the Olympic Flame reached the North Pole!" (XINHUA, 10/21). ... The IOC has announced U.S. golfer Michelle Wie as Youth Olympic Games ambassador. Wie, the youngest player to ever qualify for a USGA tournament, at just 10 years old, will share her advice and experience with the first generation of YOG golfers. Golf will make its YOG debut at Nanjing in '14 (IOC).