Could Norway co-host the summer Olympics?

Changes by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) could result in Norway co-hosting the Olympics with its neighbours.

Could Norway co-host the summer Olympics?
IOC member Gerhard Heiberg during the opening of Norway House in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia. Phooto: Terje Bendiksby/NTB Scanpix

Reforms approved on Monday by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) could pave the way for Norway to host the Games. 

The IOC approved changes to the bidding process that will make it easier and more affordable for smaller countries to compete to host the Olympics. Future prospective hosts can now hold events outside of the host city or country, clearing the way for Norway to join forces with neighbours Denmark and Sweden to bring the Olympics to Scandinavia. 
“I hope that this will prompt the Scandinavian countries to make a bid,” IOC vice president John Coates said in Monaco on Monday, according to Danish newspaper Politiken. 
Gerhard Heiberg, a Norwegian member of the IOC, said he hoped Copenhagen would lead the way for a Scandinavian Olympic bid. 
“You can easily imagine Copenhagen going together with Malmö or Gothenburg, or even Oslo, and I am positive that a Scandinavian bid would be taken seriously,” Heiberg told Politiken. 
Heiberg is one of six Scandinavians among the IOC’s 104 members. Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik is also an IOC member. 
See The Local Denmark for reactions from Copenhagen

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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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