The plan would see a total of 11 venues involved, five in Poland - Szklarska Poręba, Karpacz, Jelenia Góra, Szczyrk and Wrocław - and six in the Czech Republic - Harrachov, Špindlerův Mlýn, Malá Úpa, Pec pod Sněžkou, Liberec and Prague, the Przegląd Sportowy daily reported.
Poland’s Wrocław would host the Games’ opening ceremonies, while the Czech capital Prague would be the venue for the closing ceremony.
Poland would host events such as cross-country skiing, biathlon and Nordic combined in Szklarska Poręba, and bobsleigh, luge, snowboard and ski cross in Karpacz.
The mayor of Szklarska Poręba, Mirosław Graf, announced the idea in a Facebook post: "Karpacz and Szklarska team up, set sights on 2030.”
Karpacz town hall’s Tomasz Stanek told Przegląd Sportowy that the announcement of the plan to the public follows “a long debate” on how to effectively promote the resorts internationally.
“We want to see some of the world’s greatest athletes come to the Karkonosze mountains in 13 years, ” Stanek said.
The Karkonosze are a mountain range that stretches across southwestern Poland and the northern Czech Republic.
Neither Poland nor the Czech Republic have hosted Olympic Games before.
A few years ago, the southern Polish city of Kraków came up with the idea of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, but the plan fell through after most of the city’s residents opposed it in a referendum.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has selected Pyeongchang, South Korea, to host the 2018 Winter Olympics and Beijing, China, to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The host of the 2026 Winter Games is scheduled to be selected in 2019. (str/pk)
Source: Przegląd Sportowy