The Spanish Olympic Committee Commission investigating a bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics has met for the first time ©COE

The Commission created by the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) to explore a potential bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics and Paralympics has met for the first time.

Officials in Spain have touted a bid for the Games from Barcelona and the Pyrenees, with their intentions submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Alejandro Blanco, the COE President, is the chair of the Commission, which will be studying the possible candidacy.

Other members include COE treasurer Victor Sanchez and the Presidents of the Royal Spanish Federation of Ice Sports and the Royal Spanish Winter Sports Federation, respectively Frank Gonzalez and May Peus.

They are joined by officials from the country's High Council of Sports, the Catalan Government and the Government of Aragon.

Carlos Lannes, a Winter Olympian for Argentina in cross-country skiing at Vancouver 2010, is among those to have a seat as the sports director of the Aragonese Winter Sports Federation.

Barcelona could become the second city, after Beijing, to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics ©COE
Barcelona could become the second city, after Beijing, to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics ©COE

There is also a role for Ricardo Aparicio, the deputy Chef de Mission for Spain at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics. 

Spain has never hosted the Winter Olympics before.

If the bid is successful, Barcelona would become a winter host after staging the Summer Games in 1992.

Last month, former IOC vice-president Juan Antonio Samaranch warned that a lack of unity could end the candidacy.

He called for support for the bid after an opposition group formed and called for it to be scrapped.

Ada Colau, the Mayor of Barcelona, has demanded public consultation over the potential bid, with referendums scuppering a number of proposed candidacies in other cities in recent years. 

Salt Lake City in the United States, Sapporo in Japan, Vancouver in Canada and Ukraine are other potential contenders for 2030.