POSTED: May 12th 2014

Oslo 2022: The Norwegian Conservative Party meeting does not discuss the Olympic Bid

The Royal Palace of Norway where IOC chief Thomas Bach is set to visit next week / PlusONE bigstock
The Royal Palace of Norway where IOC chief Thomas Bach is set to visit next week / PlusONE bigstock

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) According to reports in the News in English in Norway this weekend the main governing Conservative Party (Høyre) met and did not raise the controversial topic of whether or not to support the Oslo 2022 Olympic bid.

Following the negative vote at the National Congress of the Progress Party last weekend, the Oslo bid team has been hard at work to convince the Conservative Hoyre party to support the project and then gain the backing of the other opposition Labour party in order to meet the government requirements for the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Progressive Party adopted a resolution that stated that staging the Games would be too expensive and would deter essential funding away from other important areas such as healthcare and education. 

As the IOC grilled all the 2022 applicant cities last Thursday with a video conference interview the plan to keep the government vote of confidence on the back burner might be interpreted as a positive reaction to the outcome of the IOC meeting. The Oslo 2022 bid committee did not put out a press release or release an official statement afterwards however the Norwegian city is widely seen as a front runner in the 2022 race. 

IOC President Bach to visit 

Another reason is that according to the official website of The Royal House of Norway, His Majesty King Harald is set to receive IOC President, Thomas Bach, next Monday the 19th at the Palace.    

Fabian Stang, Mayor of Oslo and also a member of the Conservative Party, remains loyal to the bid campaign and has rallied hard to bring the Winter Games back to Norway. 

Keywords · Oslo 2022 · Olympics · IOC · Thomas Bach · King Harald

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