Researchers from the UAB Olympic Studies Centre, Miquel de Moragas and Berta Cerezuela, have participated as experts in the Study Commission for the Bid of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Olympic Games Barcelona-Pyrenees created by agreement of the Plenary Council of the City of Barcelona.
The session took place on 16 September and focused on the potential social impact of the 2022-2026 Barcelona Olympic Winter Games bid project. CEO-UAB project manager Berta Cerezuela, highlighted the social impacts of an event such as the Winter Olympics in education, health, volunteering, participation dynamics and networking among others, as key elements for long-term empowerment of the local community. The founder and honorary director Miquel de Moragas, focused his speech on the need to define a cultural program of the Games to enhance and project the cultural heritage of the Pyrenees and interconnect the two poles of the bid: the city of Barcelona and the Pyrenees.
UAB experts have provided key elements to be considered in the planning process of the legacy of the event being carried out by the government, sharing their expertise in the analysis of the impact of other editions of the Olympic Games, particularly the Barcelona’92 Games, and the legacy strategic planning for the Mediterranean Games 2017 Tarragona.
The meeting, chaired by the Hon. Mr. James Collboni Cuadrado, was attended by the IMS. Messrs. James Asens Llodrà, Maite and Fandos Paya, Santiago Alonso Beltran and Juanjo Puigcorbé Benaiges. In addition to UAB experts, other participants were Mr. Aragay Enrique Tello, Professor of the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona; Mrs. Bet Font Montanya, biologist and consultant in sustainability; Mr. Albert Augustine and Garcia-Navarro, President of Sport Cultura Barcelona and Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899; Mr. Francesc Martínez de Foix, President of the Catalan Federation of Sports for people with disabilities / ACELL, founder and vice president of Special Olympics Catalonia.