Barcelona Mayor Confirms That City Will Not Bid To Host 2022 Winter Olympics
Barcelona "will finally forego presenting an Olympic candidacy" for the 2022 Winter Olympics, according to SPORT. Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias said on Friday that "a decision had not been made." In "reality, the decision had already been made days before and will be made official on Friday." Too many "aspects would creak in a project that was born during the tenure of former Barcelona Mayor Jordi Hereu." Despite initial criticism, however, the "project had acquired true consistency in recent months." When Trias "became mayor, he promised to move forward with the initiative." For "many, Spain's economic crisis invited caution, and many Barcelona citizens did not understand the project's viability in a moment of financial cuts" (SPORT, 10/13).