GALWAY’S BID TO HOST VOLVO OCEAN RACE IN JEOPARDY

Date Published: 21-Jan-2010

Galway’s bid to host a second volvo ocean race stopover is under threat as the Government drags it’s heels over whether or not to provide funds for the event.

Organisers of the race are looking for a commitment for €6 million in Government funding to help re-stage the event.

They also need the funding to be secured by the end of the month to proceed with their bid to host the Galway stopover for the 2012 Volvo Ocean race.

Galway is competing against Lorient and Lisbon to host the stopover.

Chairman of Let’s do it Galway, and one of the key organisers of the event, John Killeen, says they’re only asking the Government for a small proportion of the funds needed.