The Olympic Games in Slovakia – only a dream?

People have still in their minds heroic achievements, world records and last but not least the electric atmosphere of the Summer Olympic Games in London and already on February 7 in Russia will be celebrated one year until the start of a new adventure – the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games! People from all over the world focus their attention on this extraordinary event. Slovakia can be another contender in the field – 2022 is our time.

The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s most significant sports competition, which have seen a rise of many great athletes in their history. The Olympics are important from various points of view. In the world where violence, mass demonstrations and discrimination are part of our everyday life, Olympics contribute to a better future. Let´s imagine that. It´s a start of a football match or a hockey game, no matter who sits next to you, which language he speaks or what he wears, whether your companion is Spaniard or Bulgarian, you are just united in the same interest, the same PASSION. This is exactly the right word – passion that makes athletes and audience happy and joyful. Ladies and gentlemen, that´s what we call the magic of the Olympic Games.

And now Poland and Slovakia stand in front of a chance to organize together the Olympic Games 2022 that could be held in Kraków and Zakopane (Poland), in Poprad and Tatry (Slovakia). The plan shows that Krakow would host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and the city would also host the majority of the events played on ice, while Zakopane, Poland’s winter tourist capital, would host snowboarding, cross country skiing, and the biathlon. Slovakia would organize several skiing events and some of the ice hockey fixtures.

Polish and Slovak common Olympic bid has immediately elicited zealous discussions. Unfortunately, many reactions were rather negative. On the one hand, it´s indisputable that such an event would help to promote Slovak tourism as Slovak Republic would become a centre of world´s sport. On the other hand, Slovak citizens rise up against any projects and proposals regarding the Olympic Games and find it ridiculous. The reason is simple – money. Opponents claim that Slovakia doesn´t have enough money for organizing it and compare these attempts to a financial suicide.
In our part of Europe (East Central) no Winter Olympics have ever been held. The nearest Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria 1964/1976 or in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia/Bosnia and Herzegovina 1984. The host city will be elected July 31, 2015 at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur; however the application deadline is set on November 14, 2013.

Slovakia bid independently in 2002 and 2006 for the Winter Olympics but went unsuccessful. Is this finally a right moment for us?

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