Pyrenees bid timeline for the 2030 Winter Games

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Chronology of the candidacy of the Pyrenees to host the 2030 Winter Olympics, that the withdrawal was announced on Tuesday by the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE):

2 October 2018.- The President of the COE, Alejandro Blanco, informs the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, about a possible candidacy of Spain for 2030, which is contemplating the Pyrenees-Barcelona project.

January 11, 2019.- The Government of Catalonia presents the Barcelona-Pyrenees project to the CSD.

30 March 2019.- The Catalan project for 2030 will open to include other areas of the Pyrenees, such as Aragon, southern France and Andorra.

June 29, 2021.- The president of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, supported the Pyrenees-Barcelona candidacy at a meeting in Moncloa with Catalan president Pere Aragonès.

July 15, 2021.- Pere Aragonès confirms to the COE his interest in the 2030 Pyrenees-Catalonia Games.

July 27, 2021.- Four Catalan councils support the Pyrenees-Barcelona 2030 candidacy.

29 November 2021.- The president of Aragon, Javier Lambán, is committed to a joint initiative for the 2030 Games covering Catalonia, Aragon and Spain around the Pyrenees.

December 21, 2021.- First of six meetings of the Technical Program Commission, with representatives of the central, Catalan and Aragonese governments, COE and CSD.

January 2022.- Differences appear between Catalonia and Aragon for the 2030 candidacy, as the feeling of the latter has disappeared into the background. Over the next two months the differences were maintained, in an attempt to redirect it from the COE and to the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta.

March 28, 2022.— The COE informs the Government that a technical agreement has been reached between Catalonia and Aragon for the 2030 project, which covers different areas of disciplines.

29 March 2022.- The Aragonese president, Javier Lambán, rejected the technical agreement and announced that he would present his own alternative.

April 1, 2022.- Alejandro Blanco, the Secretary of State for Sports (CSD), José Manuel Franco, and the Catalan Minister for the Presidency, Laura Vilagrà, reached an agreement for the distribution of venues: 54 events in Aragón (cross- country skiing, biathlon skating, short track skating, figure skating and curling) and 42 in Catalonia (alpine skiing, artistic skiing, mountain skiing, snowboarding and ice hockey). Aragón refused to participate in this meeting.

April 4, 2022.- The Catalan Government approved two orders for double citizen consultation for July 24. One in the veguería of Alt Pirineu i Aran and the second in Berguedà, Ripollès and Solsonès. However, on May 27, he postponed them because he considered that the public did not have all possible information about that hypothetical candidacy.

April 6, 2022.- The Generalitat de Catalunya reveals 16 technical reports from 2018-21, conducted by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat, on the possibility of a single Catalan candidacy for the Winter Games.

April 7, 2022.- Aragón suggested to the COE to share alpine skiing trials in Catalonia.

April 25, 2022.- Representatives of the Catalan and Aragonese autonomous governments are meeting with the central government and the COE and promise to continue talks for a candidacy for 2030.

May 4, 2022.- The president of the COE, Alejandro Blanco, signed on the 20th of that month as the deadline to reach the joint candidacy, in the belief that this would be achieved.

May 7, 2022.- The Aragonese Government describes the COE’s new proposal for the distribution of evidence as “undisputed” and calls for one “on equality”.

May 8, 2022.- Catalonia does not rule out the presentation of a candidacy alone although Aragon did not participate, while from the latter they do not rule out the presentation of an integrated project of interest in “the Pyrenees as a whole”.

May 23, 2022.- After the deadline set by the COE, the eleventh meeting will be held, but the situation remains stagnant, so the COE proposes to terminate the political meetings and proposes to work on a technical candidacy.

May 25, 2022.- Blanco lamented that the debate between the governments of Aragon and Catalonia was “political” and described it as “impossible” to present a proposal that satisfies all parties.

May 31, 2022.- The General Assembly of the COE agrees that, if there is no joint project, it is up to the next Extraordinary Assembly to decide which of the two it supports.

June 2, 2022.- The Aragonese president, Lambán, demanded the resignation of the COE president, considering it to be no negotiation, but “a joke”. The COE and Blanco received a day before the “unlimited trust” of Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, who was visiting Spain.

June 6, 2022.- The Government of Aragon sends its latest proposal to the COE to save the joint candidacy in Catalonia, with the division of the exams into four lots and two options for each, your alpine skiing by gender and always chosen by Catalonia the first.

June 7, 2022.- A new meeting via videoconference between all parties examines the batch proposal submitted by Aragón.

June 16, 2022.- The Generalitat, through the Minister of the Presidency, Laura Vilagrà, announces that it will present a single Catalan candidacy to the COE.

June 20, 2022.- The Government of Aragon has admitted that the COE has already informed that it will not file a joint candidacy.

June 21, 2022.- The COE announced the withdrawal of the candidacy.

Source: La Verdad

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