Oslo 2022: Olympic Bid gains support from the leaders of two influential employee organizations
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) The Oslo 2022 Olympic winter Games bid got another boost from the support of the heads of two local organizations the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO).
Gerd Kristiansen, the President of LO and Kristin Skogen Lund, the Director General of NHO, both have voiced their support to staging the Games in Norway. The LO is the largest and most influential workers’ organization in Norway and NHO has a current membership of over 22,000 companies. Bringing the Games to Norway would mean a lot of new job hires.
“LO and NHO are important organisations with strong and influential positions in the Norwegian society,” proclaimed Oslo 2022 CEO Eli Grimsby. “The support from both Gerd Kristiansen and Kristin Skogen Lund are very inspiring and of great importance to the bid. We welcome their advice and input on how Norway can deliver unforgettable and sustainable Games.”
Kristiansen spoke to the local VG newspaper and expressed her backing “I think sport in the world will benefit from the Olympics in Oslo. I think Oslo and Norway is one of the few places in the world that can manage to bring the Olympics back to a level that is more acceptable.”
Recently when IOC President Thomas Bach was visiting the country in May she also met with him and noted "I think they (the IOC) see that it is the host nations that should set the parameters and the conditions for how the Olympics will be implemented."
Lund today told NRK, the Norwegian public Broadcaster, "Yes, hosting the Games is costly, however Norway has a relatively good economy, and with the growth in population that we currently are facing, we must make the necessary investments. This [the Olympics] could be very positive for the construction industry, the retail business and for tourism, and in addition it will bring good publicity for Norway."
Both Lund and Kristiansen agree that Norway could host the Olympics at a much lower cost than what was spent on Sochi 2014 and that the country needs to "impose requirements on such an event to take place in a sustainable and appropriate way.”
However as yet the bid has not gained the full support of the government that is required for bidding.
Oslo is competing against Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China to host the 2022 winter Olympics after PyeongChang 2018. The final vote will take place at the 127th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur on 31 July 2015.
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