POSTED: December 20th 2013

Oslo receives positive review of early 2022 Games bid

Oslo hosted the Games in 1952 and are very strong in winter sports / Jarle Nyttingnes
Oslo hosted the Games in 1952 and are very strong in winter sports / Jarle Nyttingnes

The Norwegians promise a party / Oslo 2022
The Norwegians promise a party / Oslo 2022

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A panel of experts deemed Oslo’s compact “Games in the City” concept to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games void of “any major weaknesses,” giving the Norwegian capital early hope for a successful bid campaign.

“The application described a relatively restrained concept and our findings were in line with the application material,” DNV GL’s Anders Magnus Loken said.

The Norwegian Olympic Committee, the Norwegian Paralympic Committee and the Norwegian Sports Confederation announced they would bid for the Games just a month ago, with the review estimating the state needed a guarantee of 35.1 billion kroner, though a cost of 21.7 billion kroner would be possible after income from sponsors and other sources.

“The report will be studied thoroughly,” Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey said.

Oslo and Lillehammer have previously hosted the Winter Olympics in 1952 and 1994, respectively. The International Olympic Committee will select the 2022 Host City in 2015.

“If the people wish, there will be an Olympic party in Oslo 2022,” Oslo Mayor Stian Berger Rosland said.

The report said a Games in Oslo could draw more visitors than previously estimated, and this could strain the public transport system for visitors not going to the Olympic venues.

Lviv, Ukraine, Beijing-Zhangjiakou, Almaty, Kazakhstan, Krakow, Poland – with shared venues in Slovakia – and Stockholm, Sweden – with Are – are also planning bids for the 2022 Games.

Keywords · Oslo · Norway · Winter Olympics · 2022 Olympics · Olympic Bidding · International Olympic Committee · IOC ·

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