POSTED: September 7th 2014
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Oslo 2022 seeks Norwegian Parliament guarantee with proposed bid adjustments

The Oslo 2022 bid team met the press for the announcement. / Oslo 2022
The Oslo 2022 bid team met the press for the announcement. / Oslo 2022

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) To help persuade the Norwegian government to give its full backing to the Oslo 2022 Winter Olympic Games bid, the Oslo 2022 Bid Committee presented some ideas for modifications to the bid.

“The Oslo 2022 Bid Committee stands firmly behind our concept,” Oslo 2022 Bid Committee President Eli Grimsby said, “which is based on democratic values, a responsible re-use of iconic sports arenas such as Holenkollen, Kvitfjell, and Hafjell, and on a sustainable development of the City of Oslo.

“However, yesterday, as input towards the ongoing national political process on a government guarantee, the Oslo 2022 Bid Committee has presented possible areas of the concept where there might be room for adjustments.”

With an original estimated budget of NOK 21.7 billion, Oslo 2022 proposed ideas that would shrink the budget by at least NOK 4 billion.

“The Bid Committee does not recommend these possible reductions to the budget, and stands firmly behind our concept,” Grimsby said. We expect the Norwegian Parliament, the Storting, to reach a decision on the government guarantee this autumn.”

TNS Gallup polls found anywhere between 43.5 percent to 49.3 percent of citizens under the age of 30 in favour of Oslo hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, with just 30.4 percent to 35.3 percent of people against the hosting.

“As Norwegians, we appreciate and expect the Oslo 2022 bid to be widely debated in public,” Grimsby said. “. . . Approximately 80 percent of the population wants Norway to participate in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and over 50 percent think Norway should host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games from time to time.

“We would be proud to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2022, and support from the politicians of Norway is of course crucial in this ongoing national political process on a government guarantee.”


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