Sweden Regrets Withdrawing 2022 Winter Olympic Bid

The Associated Press reports that Swedish Olympic Committee president Stefan Lindeberg said Sweden would not have withdrawn its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games if it had known about the changes to the bid process.

Sweden withdrew its bid for the 2022 Games in January after Swedish politicians did not give the bid their financial support. But now Lindeberg said there has been a “change in attitude” by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Sweden would bid for the Games if given the chance.

He said, “if we would have the discussion in January that we are having now, I would say we would still stay in this”.

IOC President Thomas Bach said the IOC will not re-open the bidding process.

Lindeberg told AP he does not expect Sweden to receive another chance to bid for the 2022 Games. “There is one good argument to open up the bidding – to show the world that we are changing and we want to do this change as quickly as possible, but I don’t think it will happen. I can understand why (Bach) does not want to open the race, not wanting to show there is a crisis and whatever. I respect that”.