Oslo Mayor Stian Berger Roseland said Wednesday after Oslo dropped its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, “I had hoped for a different result tonight”.
Oslo dropped its bid for the 2022 Games after the Norwegian government declined Wednesday to provide financial backing.
Members of the ruling Conservative party voted against giving the bid financial guarantees as there were concerns the Games would be too costly.
Also, polls have shown more than 50 per cent of the public were opposed to the bid.
The city of Oslo said it withdrew its application for government financial backing because it likely would not be approved by Parliament.
Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg said there was not enough support to spend 35 billion kroner ($5.4 billion) on the Olympics and that the government would not proceed with the bid.
She told Norwegian NRK television, “it is important to get broad support for such an expensive project and there is not enough to carry through such an expensive project. Without enthusiasm, it’s not natural to carry this through”.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to select a host city for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on July 31, 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.