Oslo to bid for 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) The City of Oslo and the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports officially launched its bid to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The City has made plans over the course of the past two years to prepare for the 2022 Games bid, hoping to produce a best possible overall concept. A majority of Oslo residents voted in favour of hosting the Games in a local referendum in September.
“Oslo and Norway wants to be an active and responsible contributor and a partner to the Olympic and Paralympic movement,” Governing Mayor Stian Berger Rosland said. “Norway has had the honour of hosting the moments of both the Oslo 1952 and the Lillehammer 1994 Games created special memories lasting a lifetime for everyone taking part.
“Now, the City of Oslo, together with the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, are looking forward to present the bid to the Olympic and Paralympic movement. Building on a clear vision for the future, a strong overall concept and the longtime Olympic and winter sports heritage of Norway, we believe that Oslo presents a bid favourable to all.”
The Oslo bid will carry the theme of “Games in the City,” an ultra-compact and urban Winter Games. Most venues will be located in a half-circle 10-20 minutes from the proposed Olympic Village. Home of 1994 Olympic venues Hafjell, Kvitfjell and Hunderfossen, the Lillehammer region will host the alpine events, bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton.
It will have been 70 years since the 1952 Oslo Winter Games in 2022 and just 28 years since International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch called the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics “the best Games ever.” Lillehammer will also host the 2016 Youth Olympic Games.
“Norway has extensive international event experience and longtime winter sport traditions,” Department of Cultural Affairs and Business Vice Mayor Hallstein Bjercke said. “Winter sport is a vital part of who we are in Norway. In 2022, our ambition is to share that passion and invite everyone to an open, friendly and spectacular celebration of sports. By hosting the Games, we also hope to inspire people everywhere to live more active lives.”
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