“For having defended the interests of Aragon, I receive a avalanche of insults and the disqualifications of the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), Alejandro Blanco, and of the independence movement. But the truth is that the government of Aragon is the only one to have sought an agreement until the last moment and will continue to do so in the face of 2034″. With this strength, the President of Aragon, Javier Lambán, responds via Twitter to the criticisms of Blanco and sectors of Catalonia for the failure of the joint candidacy for the organization of the 2030 Winter Olympics. Blanco blamed the president of Aragon for the sinking of the proposal and, a few hours later, Lambán offers his answer.
To defend the interests of #AragonI receive an avalanche of insults and disqualifications from the president of the @COE_es and independence. But the truth is that @GobAragon he is the only one who sought an agreement until the last moment and will continue to do so in the face of 2034
— Javier Lamban (@JLambanM) June 22, 2022
It was the DGA’s sports adviser, Felipe Faci, who defended the DGA’s position after the press conference that Alejandro Blanco offered on Tuesday to put the project aside. He “regretted” the COE president’s disqualifications and stressed that the government of Aragon has always tried to reach an agreement.
In his tweet, Lambán confirms the intention of the government of Aragon to present a “state” candidacy led by Jaca to organize the Games “in all the Pyrenees” in 2034. This is the door left open by Blanco, who ruled out that the WCC will submit a bid for 2030 and referred those interested to prepare projects for 2034.
Once again in Catalan media (in an interview with Rac1), Blanco blamed Lambán on Wednesday. “The problem has basically been that the president of Aragon breaks the political agreement, does not respect it and from there he takes the approach of the candidacy in the political arena,” he said.
The Minister of the Presidency of the Generalitat, Laura Villagrá, also accused Lambán of “not wanting to team up with Catalonia” for being Catalans and criticized that the government did not publicly reproach him for his attitude. “Those who shouted the most and made the most noise ended up winning this battle, and those who lost the most were the Catalan and Aragonese citizens,” he lamented.