Sverre Seeberg, President of the Norwegian Ski Association, said Monday that all seven organizations involved in winter sports have agreed that Norway should bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and that the main venue should be Oslo.
He told reporters, “in the course of this autumn, we must get positive feedback from the City of Oslo and the state if this has any realistic possibility of succeeding”, adding that a completed application with a state guarantee must be put forward to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by the end of 2013 at the latest.
According to a public opinion poll conducted following last winter’s World Championships when Norway swept the medals race, which was conducted by research firm Respons for Aften, 58 per cent of respondents want Oslo to hold a Winter Olympics in either 2022 or 2026, while about 25 per cent were against a bid and 17 per cent had no opinion.
An Olympic bid by Tromso failed badly several years ago.
Should Oslo host the Games some sporting events would be held outside the city, with downhill skiing and bobsled taking place in and around Lillehammer at Kvitfjell and Hafjell, while Vikersund, southwest of Oslo and known for its ski-flying facilities, would also likely be a venue. Ice hockey matches would be held in Oslo, Lorenskog, Asker and Ostfold, southeast of Oslo.
Borre Rognlien, President of Norway’s national sports federation told reporters he has “informally” aired the Olympic plans with both state and city politicians and says their first reactions were positive.