Oslo Moving To 2022 Olympic Bid

The Associated Press reports that Oslo, Norway is moving ahead with plans to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Oslo city council voted 53-6 in favour of asking for financial guarantees from the government, a pre-condition to hosting the Games.

Stian Berger Rosland, head of the city government, said that an Olympics in Oslo will be more than a large sports festival. Instead he predicted “a big and important chapter in Oslo’s history. We are going to create a new legacy for Oslo’s citizens, achieve something that we wouldn’t otherwise be doing. We’ll make a compact OL (Olympic Games), and create a unique atmosphere for those watching”.

But he notes that Oslo has a very long way to go to secure the Games. He said, “we have to have a state guarantee. Without that, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) won’t even let us hand in the application”, Berger Rosland told Norwegian Broadcasting.

The next step is a local referendum in connection with national elections on September 4.

Although several polls show no clear indication of whether Oslo voters support an Olympic bid, in one recent poll more than 80 per cent said they will cast their vote on the matter.

Norway hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics when the Games were held in Lillehammer.