Preliminary assessment of the environmental impacts of the Zakopane 2006 Winter Olympic Games proposal
AbstractA bid is being prepared to hold the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Zakopane in Poland in 2006. In its current form, the proposal threatens to degrade significant natural values and cause environmental disruption. Polish law prohibits organised sport activities in a national park. Yet as part of the Olympic bid, several such organised events are being proposed for the Tatra National Park, including most of the downhill skiing events. As currently formulated, Poland's Winter Olympic Games proposal should be withdrawn from consideration by the International Olympic Committee on the grounds that it fails to meet environmental standards not just under Polish law, but also those now accepted internationally, such as the Europe-wide recommendations of the Federation of Nature and National Parks of Europe (FNPPE) which unambiguously reject the possibility of holding Winter Olympic Games and related organised sports events in and around national parks.
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