Stockholm Bids For 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Stockholm, Sweden announced Monday that it is submitting a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The bid includes plans to host Alpine skiing events more than 600 km away (400 miles) in the northern Swedish ski resort of Are.

The Swedish Olympic Committee said the Games would be an urban event, with the majority of sports hosted in the capital. Four Alpine ski competitions – downhill, giant slalom, super G and the combined – would be held in Are, 650 km (400 miles) north of Stockholm.

It has been concluded that existing venues have enough capacity to hold most events.

One of the biggest planned investments would be to raise the height of an existing ski slope in Stockholm by 100 metres (330 feet) to meet the criteria to host the slalom competition.

In a statement the Swedish committee said, “we could give the world an exciting and original project that would be both spectacular and brings winter sports into the city in a unique way”.

The committee will continue to investigate the financial and technical conditions and submit a final application to the IOC on March 14.

The deadline for submissions to the International Olympic Committee is Thursday.

Other cities bidding to host the 2022 Games include Oslo, Lviv, Beijing and the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou, Almaty, and a joint bid from Krakow, Poland and Jasna, Slovakia.