Barcelona to bid for Winter Olympics

Barcelona has signalled its intent to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, just one day after Madrid's bid for the 2020 Summer Games failed in Buenos Aires.

"We have the dossier ready," Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias told Catalan television on Sunday.

"We need to speak with the Spanish Olympic Committee to see if they are ready to go forward with this venture," added the Barcelona mayor.

Madrid has lost three consecutive bids to host the Summer Games. However, Barcelona authorities are undeterred by that.

"The Catalan government will be fully behind the bid if it ends up being formalized," said Santi Vila, Catalonia's head of sustainability and territorial policy.

Vila said that Barcelona was capable of hosting the event despite having similar economic problems that hurt Madrid's chances.

"We already have a large part of the infrastructures in place," said Vila.

"And we have the experience of Barcelona hosting the world swimming championships this summer that showed you don't have to spend a lot of money. The transport connection between Barcelona and Puigcerda (in the Pyrenees) needs to be improved and this would provide the sense of urgency to do so," added Vila.