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Olympic bosses demand own VIP hotel floor

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Olympic bosses demand own VIP hotel floor
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach - Photo: International Olympic Committee
10:21 CET+01:00
The International Olympic Committee is demanding that Oslo provide its officials with an entire VIP floor of a luxury hotel, with their own dedicated medical staff available 24/7, as part of the price of hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022.
The IOC's demands, which were posted yesterday on the Oslo 2022 website, also stipulate that when IOC President Thomas Bach arrives at the airport, he must be greeted by a delegation on the runway. 
 
The documents were published following a campaign run by Libe Rieber-Mohn, Oslo's deputy mayor, and Carl Hagen from the Progress Party. 
 
"There have been many who have had questions and wondered what's in these manuals, and now you can see it for yourself," Stian Berger, who is leading Oslo's bid, told NRK. "The aim is to remove the uncertainty that the secrecy has created." 
 
Oslo officially applied to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in November, a day before the official deadline, promising to spent  a comparatively low 34 billion kroner (4.1 billion euro, $5.5 billion) on the games. 
   
Oslo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1952, while Lillehammer hosted a highly successful competition in 1994, making the Norwegian capital a clear favourite for 2022.
   
Public support is guaranteed, after 55 percent of residents voted yes to the Olympic bid last September.
   
The other candidate cities are Stockholm, Beijing, Krakow (with events held in other Polish locations and in neighbouring Slovakia), Lviv (Ukraine) and
Almaty (Kazakhstan).
   
Munich, a potentially tough competitor who finished as runner-up for the 2018 Winter Games, withdrew its bid in November. 
 
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