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OLYMPICS

Olympic ticket ‘scandal’ to Norway Supreme Court

A Norwegian ticket agent has appealed to the Supreme Court in a bid to reclaim 455 tickets to the London 2012 Olympics seized by police at Oslo's Gardermoen airport last month.

Olympic ticket 'scandal' to Norway Supreme Court
Photo: Timo Jaakonaho/NTB Scanpix

The tickets were seized from a Polish citizen travelling through Oslo's main hub in mid-July and were destined for Euroteam, a Norway registered ticket agent, according to a report in the Verdens Gang daily.

Two lower courts have found against Euroteam and the firm has now taken the case to the country's highest court.

The police have meanwhile defended their decision to seize the black market tickets.

"Now we have been upheld in two courts. We believe there are good reasons for the seizure and will also maintain that stance,"  Joo Manna at Romerike police told the newspaper.

The company is not an official retailer of Olympic tickets and Gerhard Heiberg a Norwegian member of the International Olympic committee, has directed stern criticism towards the eastern European delegations which have allowed for the resale of their allocation.

"That is strictly forbidden and it's a scandal," Heiberg told the Dagens Næringsliv (DN) daily.

Tickets have been sold through Euroteam at a cost well above their face value and many customers have been left out of pocket and without a hope of getting into the Olympic events.

Euroteam has meanwhile issued a defence in that it clearly stated that it wasn't an official Olympic ticket retailer on its website and has placed the blame on the police for the fact that its customers have been left without tickets for the games.

The Polish courier and a senior manager at Euroteam have meanwhile been charged with serious fraud, according to the Dagens Næringsliv report.

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WINTER OLYMPICS

Norway wants to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Norway’s Telemark County wants to host the Winter Olympics in 2026.

Norway wants to host 2026 Winter Olympics
The opening ceremony at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. File photo: Bjørn Sigurdsøn / NTB scanpix

The county is preparing to bid for the event, leader of Telemark’s municipal sporting committee Geir Berge Nordtveit confirmed to NRK on Monday.

“I can confirm that we want to bring the Winter Olympics to Telemark,” Nordtveit said.

Preparations for the bid launch had been kept secret by the county municipality prior to Monday’s confirmation.

An official launch event is scheduled for Tuesday.

Telemark decided to throw its hat into the ring for the event after Austrian city Innsbruck decided not to bid, according to NRK.

Next year’s Winter Olympics will be held in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang, with the 2022 games to be hosted in Beijing.

Telemark will also ask neighbouring counties Buskerud and Vestfold to contribute to the bid, reports NRK.

As such, the bid will include events in different locations across Telemark, and perhaps beyond, rather than hosting all events in the same city wherever possible – the model currently used.

Norway previously hosted the Winter Olympics in 1994, when Lillehammer in Oppland county was the host city.

READ ALSO: Norway sceptical about new Olympic bid