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Most Norwegians don't want 2022 Oslo Olympics

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Most Norwegians don't want 2022 Oslo Olympics
An architects drawing of the proposed Lillehammer Olympics Village Source: Oslo2022/Snøhetta Oslo AS
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A clear majority of Norwegians do not want Oslo to host the Winter Olympics in 2022, a new poll by the market research group InFact has revealed, with as many as 81.7 percent of those in northern Norway rejecting the games.
A clear majority of Norwegians do not want Oslo to host the Winter Olympics in 2022, a new poll by the market research group InFact has revealed, with as many as 81.7 percent of those in northern Norway rejecting the games. 
 
According The survey, which was published on Tuesday in the Nordlys newspaper, some 55.9 percent of people overall said that they did not think it would be good to host the Olympics in the capital. 
 
The strongest opposition was in the north, where as many as 81.7 percent were against hosting the games, followed by Mid Norway, where 65 percent were against, and Western Norway, where 63,6 percent were against.
 
In the Oslo region, opinion was split down the middle,  with 44.8 percent on each side.  
 
Oslo's residents voted with a majority of 55 percent to hold the games in a referendum held last September, after a massive campaign swayed the city's largely sceptical inhabitants. 
 
Tromsø Mayor Jens Johan Hjort said  the result was not "surprising" and called for radical reform of the International Olympic Committee, which runs the games. 
 
"There must be major changes in the IOC before I can help to support an Olympic application," he said. "There is a clique that has forgotten the Olympic values. They must be replaced with people who can revive those ideals." 
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