Aragon has presented an alternative proposal for the organization of the 2030 Winter Games that involves sharing alpine and cross-country skiing, organize snowboarding and biathlon here and in Catalonia, freestyle and ski mountaineering. To do this, the disciplines that would house both territories would be divided by sex, thus guaranteeing the commitment that all the Pyrenean valleys would have disciplines. The cast would extend to the icesince Aragón would maintain curling, figure skating and short track speed skating, while it would cede long track skating to the neighboring community, which would continue with hockey.
This is the alternative that the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Felipe Faci, has transferred this Thursday to the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), Alejandro Blanco, to fulfill the “equity and balance” of Aragon and Catalonia in the Olympic bid. In his opinion, it is the best possible distribution since it is a “fair and balanced proposal, which contributes to structuring the territory, as has been claimed in each of the meetings held by the technical group”.
Faci explained that the approach is that the three Aragonese valleys with stations – those of Aragón, Tena and Benasque – have “prominence” in the candidacyas is already the case with the three Catalans in the Catalan proposal validated by the COE and the Government.
The Aragonese counselor has given as an example the next Winter Games of 2026, those of Milan Cortina d’Ampezzowhere the men’s and women’s ski events will have different venues, the model they are betting on to achieve a balance between Aragon and Catalonia by 2030.
Faci has assured that Blanco has been “receptive” in the meeting held at the COE headquarters, that he has considered “very constructive”, although he has recognized that it will be necessary to wait for “the next few days” to see how the situation evolves. “The president of the COE has promised to study the proposal,” he added.
The Minister of Education has transferred his hope that there will be a meeting to discuss the Aragonese proposal, denied until now. “Whoever does it, how he does it and when he does it is up to the president. And not only do I respect him, but it will be like that,” he added.
In the technical document delivered, only the distribution of the disciplines by territories is made, although the Government of Aragon intends that four of the five Alto Aragonese stations have tests. So, Candanchu would continue to have biathlon and men’s cross-country skiing by having the proper facilities, while Formigal, Astún and Cerler would have to share the women’s alpine skiing and snowboarding, that Catalonia also reserved is exclusive. Panticosa it would be the only winter resort outside the cast.
As for ice disciplines, Jaca would continue to host curling, as would Zaragoza in the case of figure skating and short track speed skating.