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Polish government ' backs 2022 Winter Olympic bid'

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Nick Hodge 24.01.2013 15:03
Poland's minister of sport has declared that the government has “decisively” backed the country's joint bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics with Slovakia.

Minister Joanna Mucha: photo - Polish Radio

Minister Joanna Mucha's announcement follows President Bronislaw Komorowski's declaration last week that he is in favour of the bid.

“The government has decisively backed the games,” Mucha affirmed in an interview with Polish Radio.

Although Poland and Slovakia's official candidature is not due to be submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOL) until this autumn, Mucha said that she had “no doubts” about the Polish government's stance.

Mucha noted that the organisation of the games will cost 1.5 billion dollars, at a conservative estimate.

“It's a significant sum, but one which is possible to organise,” she claimed.

The Minister added that a large portion of that sum is covered by the IOL, and further support can be gained from sponsors and advertising.

A letter of intent has already been signed by the heads of the Olympic committees of Poland and Slovakia

Krakow would be the main host city of the games, staging the majority of the events played on ice, while Zakopane, Poland's winter capital, would handle snowboarding, cross country skiing and the biathlon.

Slovakia would organise a number of skiing events, while also hosting a portion of the ice hockey fixtures.

Other possible candidates include St Moritz, Oslo, Barcelona, Nice and Lviv.

The host will ultimately be chosen in Kuala Lumpur in August 2015, during the 127th session of the International Olympic Committee.

Although Poland regularly organises sections of international winter sports events, it has never hosted the Winter Olympics. (nh)

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