POSTED: September 18th 2014

POCOG briefs Norwegian lawmakers on PyeongChang 2018 winter Games preparations

The briefing covered a number of topics about hosting the Games / POCOG
The briefing covered a number of topics about hosting the Games / POCOG

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) In view of the Oslo 2022 Olympic bid a team of Norwegian lawmakers paid a visit to the next organizers of the winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea to learn more about the challenges of staging the event.

Oslo is currently in the bidding race to host the 2022 winter Games and is competing against Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Lillehammer was a highly acclaimed host to the 1994 winter Games and will be again on the forefront to stage the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2016. The Norwegians have a long history and a lot of passion for winter sports.

The Norwegian team, led by Linda C. Hofstad Helleland, Chair of the Parliament's Transport and Communications Committee, attended breifings at the Seoul office to learn more about Games preparation, infrastructure, sport facilities and the transport network.

As well one of the main topics up for discussion was to find ways to expand cooperation between South Korea and Norway in terms of winter sports development and public engagement.

"On behalf of the whole committee, (I) thank you for your time and good luck with the Games,” said Helleland. “And you were very good host at the Games of Biathlon in 2009 (the 43rd Biathlon World Championships) and football (the 2002 FIFA World Cup) in 2002. We wish you good luck with the Winter Olympics."

The final host for the 2022 Games will be voted at the IOC session in Kuala Lumpur next July 31st. 

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Oslo 2022 · Olympic Games

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