Norway, IOC To Analyze Oslo's Bid Demise

The Associated Press reports that Norwegian Olympic Officials and International Olympic Committee (IOC) leaders will meet in Switzerland this month to analyze the demise of Oslo’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, and to explore ways of improving the bid process.

Inge Andersen, secretary general of the Norwegian Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press he will travel with a small group to IOC headquarters in Lausanne later this month to dissect the factors that led to Oslo’s withdrawal.

He said, “we will sit together and go through the experience that we had in Norway. We have to make everything more transparent and much easier to understand. It’s important to focus on how to reduce the cost of the management of the Games, how to reduce the cost of bidding for the Games and how to better communicate this”.

Concerns over the cost of hosting the Games, and the record $51 billion associated with the Sochi 2014 Games, reportedly played a key part in Norway’s rejection of Oslo’s bid. But also Norwegian attitudes toward the IOC, particularly after the domestic media published IOC protocol manuals for host cities, which included a meeting the cocktail reception with the king.

Andersen said, “the IOC has to clarify that all their manuals are not laws or demands, but that they are suggestions. That is a main point. That was one of the biggest misunderstandings in the process we had here in Norway when we are talking about image”.

He added that the IOC must also give weight to the environment, human rights, workers’ rights and other social and ethical issues in selecting host cities.

The host city for the 2022 Winter Games will be selected by the IOC on July 31, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There are only two candidates left – Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile Norway is hosting the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Winter Games.

Andersen said, “it’s important that we can show we can work together and bring an Olympic event back to the roots and we can do it with the budget that we have”.