'Norway should boycott 2022 Olympics': MP
A top Norwegian politician believes Norway should veto the 2022 Winter Olympics in protest of the IOC's need for reform, it was revealed on Friday.
Per Olaf Lundteigen of Norway's Centre Party said to VG: ”I think we should consider boycotting the Winter Olympics ahead, in order to get rid of the tyranny that is the International Olympic Committee (IOC). I think Norway should take the responsibility of revolutionizing the committee.”
The reaction follows Norway's government voting "no" to host the 2022 games in Oslo.
The MP also said he is disappointed by the IOC’s demands to the potential host cities and believed it's not enough for Oslo to say “no” to organizing the Winter Olympics.
Lundteigen said: “We must simply take responsibility to stop the tyranny. It doesn't belong to our era.”
The IOC said on Thursday that Norway's “no” to the Winter Olympics underlines a need for change, reported Reuters. The committee is already working on a reform program called "Agenda 2020" that looks at reducing the costs of the games and the application process itself.
There were mixed reactions from other top politicians and sports stars to Oslo's decision.