POSTED: June 17th 2014

Oslo 2022 Olympic Games bid receives support from younger generation

The youth are behind the Oslo 2022 bid / Oslo 2022.Olav Stubberud
The youth are behind the Oslo 2022 bid / Oslo 2022.Olav Stubberud

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Surveys conducted in Norway have found half of citizens between the ages of 16 and 24 are in favor of Oslo hosting the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

“Oslo 2022 is a brand new Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Games, made for and by a new generation,” Oslo 2020 Bid Director Eli Grimsby said. “Young people have been positive throughout the application process and also contributed to reverse the negative opinions before the referendum in Oslo last year. Now we are happy the youth again will mobilise its power to create excitement for the Norwegian Olympic application.”

Oslo 2022 has received applications from more than 3,000 Norwegian citizens hoping to become ambassadors for the Games, while 150 came together in Oslo to raise awareness for the bid.

“These are young people from across the country that wants [sic] to spark the Olympic flame among their parents’ and grandparents’ generation,” Grimsby said. “They see the possibilities one of the largest events in the world can create for themselves, for the region they are coming from and for Norway as a whole. We are very happy to have them on our team. I think the young generation once again can be a “game-changer” that will help us in the bid process towards July 2015 when the IOC will make their decision on Host City.”

Parliament will receive the Norwegian Olympic application for political discussion from the government in August before it will give a guarantee on support, a decision which will be made later in the fall.

“We are optimistic that our second and last part of the application in January 2015 will contain a state guarantee,” Grimsby said. “Oslo 2022 is a dedicated and responsible partner to the Olympic Movement. Together we want to take part in the continuous positive development of the IOC, showing the world what positive impact the Games have had on a country over a periodic [sic] of already 7- years. The universal values of the Olympic Charter are worth fighting for, and sharing with new generations is a great motivation.”

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