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Krakow sets date for 2022 Olympic bid referendum

Krakow councillors have voted in favour of holding a referendum on whether the Polish city should host the 2022 winter Olympics, with a date of May 25 set to coincide with elections to the European Parliament.

The announcement comes after Jacek Majchrowski, the Mayor of Krakow, last month announced that he would hold a referendum on the Olympic bid. Majchrowski said he was confident that the Krakow bid would be backed by the public, but his declaration of a referendum had been criticised by the majority-holding Civic Platform party which claimed it had not been consulted.

Krakow officials have scheduled the referendum to coincide with the EU elections as it needs a turnout of 30 per cent of the city’s adult population in order to be deemed valid. “We believe that the referendum should be held at a time that gives it a real chance of becoming valid,” Councillor Grzegorz Stawowy, who heads Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's Civic Platform party on the council, said, according to the country’s PAP news agency.

The IOC last month confirmed that the applicant cities of Krakow, Oslo, Almaty, Lviv and Beijing all met a deadline for submission of their application files to host the Games with a decision set to be made at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 31, 2015.