Jordi Juan, 28 March 2022
Director of La Vanguardia
Barcelona signs up to host the America’s Cup in 2024 CJ GUNTHER / EFE
The choice of Barcelona as the next host of the America’s Cup in 2024 is an injection of morale for the city, for Catalonia and for Spain, and, why not write it, also for Europe. At a time when a war is raging in one part of the continent that is bleeding Ukraine and whose consequences cannot yet be gauged, it is significant that the organisers are not betting on taking the competition to Saudi Arabia or another part of the globe. Many readers may think that this comment is exaggerated, but it must be borne in mind that this event is the most watched event on the planet, along with the Olympic Games and the World Cup. Beyond the economic income it will bring in, it is a question of re-establishing Barcelona as a global brand after the success of 1992. It is not trivial to highlight the consensus between all the administrations concerned, with very different political colours, and also the economic commitment of the city’s businessmen who have taken a step forward as guarantors. It is clear that Barcelona’s potential is once again being believed in.
And, at the same time, it seems that the way is being cleared for the achievement of the 2030 Winter Olympics. As they say in the Anglo-Saxon press, “no news, good news”. The best news is that there is no news. The disclosure of the technical programme of the events has not generated any new tension between Catalonia and Aragon, as was feared, and the COE is closer than ever to submitting the Games proposal to the IOC.
Just a few months ago, these proposals were unimaginable due to the closed-mindedness of some of the country’s governing administrations. And other projects, also in the field of sport, were on the verge of being wrecked, such as the Formula 1 competitions to be held at the Circuit de Catalunya, which were finally saved by the Government.
Barcelona cannot be left behind and every opportunity must be seized. The recent recovery of Mobile at the Fira is another piece of good news in this direction. The current times are not very conducive to good news. Let us congratulate ourselves when it happens.