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Slovakia wants to take the Olympics with Poland

Slovakia wants to take the Olympics with Poland
Poprad is one of the possible candidates to host Winter Olympics 2022

High Tatras is the famous mountain range, which is known for its ski resorts. The High Tatras is divided between Poland and Slovakia. One of the major ski resorts in Slovakia in the region is Poprad. In Poland, this role plays Zakopane. According to the publication of, in the near future both of these resorts can submit a common application for a candidate for the Winter Olympics.

Talks between Poland and Slovakia on the possible joint application have been conducted since January 2010. However, because of an airliner crash near Smolensk the negotiation process was frozen for a long time. In the crash were killed the president of Poland, as well as the head of the Polish Olympic Committee Piotr Nurowski.

New impetus for continuing the negotiations were the words of the head of the tourist association of the High Tatras Peter Chuda, who urged Poland and Slovakia for the quick decision to transfer the application to the IOC.

Currently, the administration of the ski resort of Zakopane insists that the Winter Olympics should have one capital, which is to be located in a big city. As the most obvious candidate Poles offer Krakow.

At the same time not everyone in Poland considers filing a joint application to host the Olympics to be justified. According to the head of the Tatra Mountains Ski Federation Andrzej Koziak, countries at first should gain experience in organizing the Ski World Cup and then nominate for the title of capital of the Olympics.

Ski resort in Poprad several times put forward its candidature for the Winter Olympics. In 2002 it was beaten by Salt Lake City, in 2006 by Turin. Zakopane thrice served as a candidate for the Ski World Cup. Portal quotes Peter Chuda, who notes that the idea of a joint application of Poprad and Zakopane was proposed by the International Ski Federation.

Date: 15/10/2010

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