POSTED: January 18th 2014

Stockholm drops bid for 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Stockholm would have been a strong contender for the 2022 Games / Staffan Widstrand/
Stockholm would have been a strong contender for the 2022 Games / Staffan Widstrand/

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Due to the heavy financial burden of hosting an Olympic Games, Stockholm announced it would drop out of the running for the 2022 Winter Games Friday.

“To organise Winter Games would mean a big investment in new sports facilities, for example for the bobsled and luge,” Stockholm mayor in charge of sports events Regina Kevius said. “There isn’t any need for that type of that kind of facility after an Olympics.”

“Although the calculations are thorough, we estimate that revenues will likely be lower and costs higher than the investigation indicate,” Stockholm’s top mayor, Sten Nordin, said in a statement.

A large sum of money would have to be spent to boost the height of an existing skiing slope in Stockholm to meet criteria to host the slalom.

“It is of course very sad,” Swedish Sports Confederation head Karin Mattsson Weijber said.

Stockholm would have been the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics after city hosted the Summer Games in 1912. Almaty, Kazakhstan, Beijing, China, Krakow, Poland, Lviv, Ukraine, and Oslo, Norway, are the five remaining cities bidding for the 2022 Games.

Stockholm had proposed to hold most of the Alpine events in the northern Swedish resort of Are, which is more than 600 kilometres from the Swedish capital. The city’s preliminary bid, submitted to the International Olympic Committee in November, was considered a long shot because of the proposed plans.

“For the 2022 contest there remain five strong candidates and we look forward to a good contest to stage the Olympic Winter Games,” an IOC statement said. The IOC also said Stockholm could produce a “stronger bid” to host the 2026 Games.

Stockholm’s government and the national government of Sweden were doubtful of the likelihood the city would win hosting rights, especially since it budgeted just $1.5 billion for the Games.

In previous years, cities like Rome (2020 Summer Games), Munich (2022 Winter Games) and St. Moritz (2022 Winter Games) had bids rejected due to financial and environmental concerns.

Sochi will set a record for Olympic Games spending with a $51-billion budget.

The IOC will choose the Host City of the 2022 Winter Games in July 2015 in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, though detailed bid files for each Candidate City are due by 14 March.     

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