2022 Winter Olympics Interest Wanes as Poland Drops Bid

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 03:16 PM

By Ken Mandel

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The 2022 Winter Olympics won't be in Krakow, Poland, after the city withdrew its bid.

With 36 percent of voters weighing in Sunday, more than 70 percent voted against a referendum to host the Games.

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"Krakow is closing its efforts to be the host of the 2022 Winter Games due to the low support for the idea among the residents," Krakow Mayor Jacek Majchrowski said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. "I regret that the referendum has put a definite end to ... the project that I considered to be very important for the development of the whole region."

Krakow, which had initially proposed to co-host the games with neighboring Slovakia, is the latest city to decline the chance to present the international competition. Citing financial reasons, Stockholm, Sweden, the home of the 1912 Summer Olympics, withdrew its bid for the Winter 2022 games in January.

In November, voters in Munich, Germany, rejected a proposal. The city lost to Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Games, and held the Summer Games in 1972 that were tragically remembered for the massacre of 11 Israelis and one German police officer by Palestinian terrorists.

ABC News said the disinterest in hosting the Games may be due to the expense. The 2014 Winter Games in Sochi cost nearly $51 billion.

Four cities remain in the running: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing-Zhangjiakou, China; Lviv, Ukraine, and Oslo, Norway. Should Beijing win, it would become the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee will choose the host city in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015.

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