Oslo voted in favour of bidding for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Monday. A referendum question that was included as part of the Norwegian general election ballot revealed that 53.5% support a bid, 43.6% oppose and 2.9% marked the ballot “undecided”. Voter turnout was over 60%.
Oslo hosted the Games in 1952 and officials plan to keep costs low by leveraging existing venues and infrastructure. Norway’s economy has been bolstered by petroleum revenues and expect the trend to continue for years.
Almaty, Kazakhstan is the only officially declared bidder in the race so far but others could come forward before the November 14 application deadline with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Barcelona in Spain has indicate interest in bidding now that Madrid has lost the Summer Games race for 2020 and Munich has scheduled a referendum for November 10 to decide whether residents support a follow-up bid to the failed 2018 campaign.
But Munich’s ambitions may be impacted by Tuesday’s IOC Presidential election where Germany’s Thomas Bach is considered to be the frontrunner just hours before the vote. Should Bach succeed, Germany’s Olympic Committee (DOSB) may reconsider since the IOC membership will be reluctant to award a single nation twice in a short period.
Other bids could come from Poland, China and Sweden.