The City of Oslo and the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports have presented an application to the Ministry of Culture for a Financial Shortfall Guarantee in a possible Oslo bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
The Minister of Culture, Ms Hadia Tadjik, said hosting the Olympic Games in Oslo would have great implications for the whole country.
Borre Rognlien, President of the NOC, called it an important day for Norwegian sports, for the City of Oslo, and for the whole country.
Governing Mayor Stian Berger Rosland, head of the Oslo City Government said, “this represents a unique opportunity to create and take part in something great, with implications way beyond our national boundaries and for a whole new generation. The Winter Games in Oslo will allow us a rare opportunity to present Norway as a destination for winter sport, as a modern knowledge based society, and as an attractive partner. These will be Olympic and Paralympic Games for the whole nation”.
If the plans to go ahead with the application are approved in a referendum on September 9, 2013, the Government will continue its work with the evaluation of the application.
The Norwegian Parliament will make its decision on the Financial Shortfall Guarantee during the fall of 2014.