Gerhard Heiberg, Norwegian member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said Norway should bid for the 2022 or 2026 Winter Olympic Games as long as they’re located in Oslo.
Heiberg told Aftenposten, that “the FIS Nordic Ski Championships (in Oslo next month) and the wonderful arenas built at Holmenkollen mean that not a lot of new construction needs to take place. What Oslo lacks is an indoor skating arena. It’s time the capital had a venue of this kind, not least with an eye to recruiting new skaters. I worry about skating; Norway is no longer among the front-runners”.
He said Oslo is able to offer everything the IOC terms a “compact Games”. Most of the events can be staged in Oslo with the exception of the alpine skiing competitions.
The bobsled, skeleton and luge events could be held in the same location as they were during the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Games.
Heiberg told Aftenposten, “sports authorities and the Ministry of Culture need to establish an organization that can find out how much we can afford and which sports events we want to back in the future.”
Heiberg said he knows that Norway has made a solid impression on IOC members adding that “some still remember the 1952 Winter Olympics (in Oslo) and everyone remembers the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994”.
Meanwhile Lillehammer is the only candidate to submit a bid for the 2016 Youth Olympic Games. Tove Paule, NIF president, told Aftenposten, “we have been given NOK 140 million by the IOC and are waiting for the Norwegian authorities to underwrite a further NOK 173 million”.