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

2020.

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

idea.

Spain is immersed in a financial crisis, an issue that has hung

over Madrid’s bid.