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Oslo to bid to host Winter Olympics

Oslo will bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the committee tasked with managing the bid announced on Thursday.

Oslo to bid to host Winter Olympics
Ski jumping at Holmenkollen - Max Froumentin
"We will confirm our intention to be a candidate for hosting the games before the November 14 deadline," Ingunn Olsen, a spokeswoman for the Oslo2012 committee told AFP a week ahead of the closing date for applications.
   
Already considered one of the favourites to host — not least due to the success of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer — the bid won the support of more than half of the city's population (55,1 percent) in a recent referendum.
   
Oslo faces tough competition from a long list of declared or expected candidates including Beijing, the German city of Munich, Almaty in Kazakhstan, Lviv in Ukraine and a joint bid from Krakow in Poland and neighbouring Slovakia.
   
According to Norwegian media reports, the newly elected centre-right Minister for Culture, Thorhild Widvey, supports Oslo's bid.
   
The host town is expected to be announced on July 31, 2015. The 2014 Winter Games take place in Sochi, Russia and the 2018 event in
Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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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.

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