Oslo Bids For 2022 Winter Olympics

A day before the deadline to submit a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Oslo launched its bid on Wednesday, saying it plans a low budget Games with the majority of competitions being held in the city with alpine skiing, bobsleigh and luge in Lillehammer, about 200 km (125 miles) north of Oslo.

Still Oslo says its venues will be close together, a big change from some past winter Games when spectators had to travel long distances.

Oslo, host of the 1952 Winter Games, said it would rely on the capital’s sporting infrastructure and spend just 33 billion crowns ($5.32 billion) on the event, a fraction of the $50 billion Russia is spending on the Sochi 2014 Games in February.

The government said it would conduct a thorough cost assessment and only provide the 33 billion crowns guarantee if financial plans passed the vetting process.