Oslo, Norway will be among four declared applicants for the 2022 Olympic Games, according to media reports. The bid was supported by a marginal victory in a September referendum and Wednesday bid officials confirmed that it will embrace that result and submit a bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ahead of the November 14th deadline.
“The city of Oslo will within the deadline to submit our candidature to the IOC, announce our genuine ambitions of applying for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games,” Ingunn Olsen, Director of Communications for Oslo 2022, told website insidethegames.com.
The Norwegian capital will join already-declared applicants from Almaty in Kazakhstan, Lviv in Ukraine and the joint Beijing and Zhangjiakou Chinese bid that surfaced Tuesday.
Munich is also organizing a bid but must wait for the results of a November 10th referendum before it can officially submit an application.
The expected five applicants will help reverse a trend that has seen less interest from Winter bids; Only three bids – from PyeongChang, Munich and Annecy – were forwarded for the 2018 Games and a lone bid for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games came from Lillehammer, also in Norway.
Norway last hosted the Olympic Games when Lillehammer won the Winter Games for 1994, only two years after Albertville because it was the first that followed an adjusted Olympic schedule where Summer and Winter formats were held two years apart.
Oslo hosted the Winter Games in 1952 and were defeated in a bid for a second Games in 1968.