— Published 30 May 2022

Spain cancels its referendum


Another blow to the Spanish bid for the 2030 Winter Games. The referendum on the Olympic project in the Pyrenees and Barcelona, initially scheduled for 24 July, has been cancelled. The reason for this was the inability of the two regions concerned, Catalonia and Aragon, to reach an agreement on the distribution of competition venues. The popular consultation on the 2030 Winter Games bid has always been presented by the Spanish authorities as a mandatory step in the process. However, because of the lack of agreement between the parties involved, it will not be possible to hold it on the planned date. It is impossible to ask the inhabitants of the regions concerned to take a position on a project whose sites are not precisely known. The end of the adventure? Not for sure. Alejandro Blanco, the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), is not weary of repeating his desire to continue the discussions. As for Laura Vilagrà, the Catalan minister of the presidency, she assured us at the end of last week that the decree setting the rules for the referendum would be reactivated as soon as an agreement had been reached on the distribution of competition sites. The referendum could then be held next autumn.