Barcelona mayor considering bid for Winter Games

The mayor of Barcelona says he will launch a bid to host the
2022 Winter Olympics if Madrid fails to secure the Summer Games in

Xavier Trias says that if the International Olympic Committee
does not award the games to the Spanish capital when it meets in
Buenos Aires in September, Barcelona will present its own bid.

According to Trias, Barcelona would put forward the Pyrenees as
an alpine venue.

Trias says in a radio interview on Monday that he has spoken
with IOC members during the World Swimming Championships in
Barcelona last week and they had ”not looked badly” on the

Spain is immersed in a financial crisis, an issue that has hung
over Madrid’s bid.