PODCAST: Pyrenees-Barcelona Winter Olympics 2030 – to bid or not to bid?

Catalonia divided on whether hosting games would be beneficial or harmful in the long term

A skier at the Baqueira Beret ski resort in the Catalan Pyrenees (Baqueira Beret)
A skier at the Baqueira Beret ski resort in the Catalan Pyrenees (Baqueira Beret) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

February 5, 2022 10:33 AM

September 19, 2022 08:01 PM


Catalonia is divided over a potential bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics in the Pyrenees and Barcelona, with wildly differing opinions on climate and sustainability, sporting facilities, development and infrastructure, and costs. Press play below to listen or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify.

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We hear the arguments for – from Mònica Bosch, president of the Catalan Winter Sports Federation and Gerard Esteva, president of the Catalan Sports Federations Union – and against – from Pau Lozano, a spokesperson for Stop Olympic Games and Ferran Canudas, president of the Group in Defence of Nature in Berguedà.

Cillian Shields and Guifré Jordan join Lorcan Doherty to discuss what the bid might look like and the political issues that could threaten its stability.

This week's Catalan phrase is 'paper mullat', literally 'wet paper'. It can refer to a document, agreement etc that ends up not being worth anything.

Get in touch with the podcast team: fillingthesink@acn.cat

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