Winter Olympic Games in Kraków

Winter in Kraków

Winter in Kraków

More than forty Polish celebrities including Lech Wałęsa, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Penderecki and Adam Małysz signed an open letter to the citizens of Kraków, encouraging them to support the idea of hosting the Winter Olympics in in 2022. A referendum is to be held in Kraków on 25 May together with the elections to the European Parliament. Not only will it concern the organisation of the Winter Olympic Games in 2022 but the planned subway system for Kraków, cycle paths and the creation of a CCTV system. The signatories of the letter expressed the belief that the Olympics in Poland will be a great chance that “will be taken with both hands provided that the preparation is done together and in a spirit of open public discussion.” They believe that the Winter Olympics in 2022 will provide a unique stimulus for the development of the city, province and the whole country and will create more effective solutions to key problems in Kraków and the surrounding province with regards to infrastructure, communications, and quality of life. “Kraków has a unique opportunity and will be able to take advantage of it,” stressed the signatories who also included Jerzy Hausner, Krystyna Zachwatowicz, Krzysztof Globisz, as well as Olympians and Olympic champions such as Justyna Kowalczyk, Zbigniew Bródka, Wojciech Fortuna and Irena Szewińska. The deputy head of the province, Jacek Krupa, who is vice-president of the Kraków 2022 Olympic Bid, emphasised that the signatories of the letter are people connected with Kraków as well as with other regions. “This project is not only for the inhabitants of Kraków, or the region, but for the whole of Poland. It is a national project,” says Krupa. Five cities, Beijing, Almaty, Lviv, Oslo and Kraków are fighting for the right to host the Winter Olympic Games in 2022. The final decision will be made at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on 31 July, 2015.

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