The athlete Kilian Jornet and other athletes and personalities linked to the Catalan Pyrenees have demanded the withdrawal of the candidacy for the 2030 Winter Games. This is reflected in a manifesto promoted by the Stop Jocs Olímpics Platform, which currently has sixty adhesions between individuals and groups .
Among others, it is signed by the mountaineer Araceli Segarra, the philosopher Xavier Antich, the musicians Alidé Sans and Sergi Carbonell (Txarango), and representatives of the livestock, hikers, cultural world and mayors of the territory. The manifesto, presented this Wednesday in Barcelona, points out that the candidacy for the 2030 ‘Barcelona-Pirineus’ Winter Olympic Games is a project that does not respond to the needs of the Pyrenees.
The manifesto indicates that betting on that candidacy in a context of climate emergency is “a serious irresponsibility.” In addition, it indicates that the Pyrenean ski resorts already depend to a large extent on the artificial production of snow and warns, therefore, that they will not be viable in the medium term.
Bernat Lavaquiol, spokesperson for the platform, asked himself at a press conference what the point of going ahead with the candidacy in this context. “If we now focus all investments on snow tourism infrastructures, which have an expiration date, what will the neighbors of the Pyrenees live on in 10 or 15 years?”
For this reason, they propose to “definitively bury” the macro-project and channel investments to promote a change in the socioeconomic model in the territory that diversifies the economy, promoting, for example, ecological agricultural production and handicrafts.
In addition, they point out that investments are needed to improve the educational offer, health services, public transport or telecommunications networks and the connection between towns and valleys, among others.
The Minister of the Presidency, Laura Vilagrà, explained this Wednesday that the Government will allocate 800,000 euros of the budgets to the 2022 consultation on the Winter Games, which will ask the inhabitants of the affected areas whether or not they want to celebrate the event.