OSLO, Norway--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The application for a financial governmental guarantee to stage the Oslo 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics was officially delivered to the Minister of Culture today. With this, the Oslo 2022 Olympic bid reaches another key milestone.
Wishing all a heartily welcome to Oslo
With this official action taken today, the City of Oslo together with the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, took one giant step forward in the application process. Delivered to the Norwegian Government, care of the Ministry of Culture, this application for governmental support and financial guarantee was the next step following the June 5th approval by the Oslo City Council to officially seek the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
- The Winter Olympics and Paralympics is an international celebration of sports and culture, one where we will wish a heartily welcome to everyone to visit Oslo and Norway in 2022. It is our aim to create an event where everyone feels welcome, says Governing Mayor of Oslo, Stian Berger Røsland.
Super Compact and Urban
With the concept “Games in the City’, Oslo will create the ultimate compact and urban Winter Olympics in the heart of the capital city itself. The venues will be located in a half-circle throughout the city, just 10 – 15 minutes from the Athletes and Media Villages. The Medal Ceremonies and culture events will be located in the city center.
- Oslo is the only city on the planet that is able to organize the Winter Olympics in an urban setting. ‘Games in the City’ is a concept where – with very few exceptions – all competitions will take place within the city limits. We will use the city’s unique location between the mountains and the fjords, together with a good and stable winter climate to present international big city life in balance with fantastic experiences from nature, continues Stian Bergen Røsland.
Oslo and Lillehammer – Olympic Cities
The year 2022 will mark 70 years since the last time Oslo hosted the Winter Olympics, and a full 28 years since the Olympic flame was lit in Lillehammer in 1994. Now, once again Oslo seeks the honor and responsibility to create a magical Olympicmexperience for a new generation. At the same time, the Oslo bid builds upon solid cooperation and traditions, as the alpine events will be staged at Hafjell and Kvitfjell in Lillehammer Region, with bobsled, luge and skeleton being held just north of Lillehammer at Hunderfossen.
- In 1994, the entire world of sports experienced the values that Lillehammer embraced; values that will be shown once again in 2016 with the Youth Olympic Games will be in Lillehammer. We will build upon the expertise that is already located in the Region, and together, the two Olympic cities will invite the world to a spectacular celebration of sports in 2022, says Ola Elvestuen, Vice Mayor Department of Public Transport and Environmental Affairs.
Historical Growth in Oslo
The capital of Norway is in the midst of a historical growth in population, with 100,000 new citizens expected in the decade to come. With this growth will come an increasing need for new sports facilities and infrastructure, planned as part of the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The new sports facilities built for 2022 will be used afterwards for elite and club sports activities within both summer and winter sports.
- The Oslo 2022 ‘Games in the City’ concept supports and strengthens sustainable development east of Oslo. With a focus on construction of quality residential areas, combined with business development, our aim is to ensure a legacy of sensible use of our investments after the 2022 event, continues Ola Elvestuen.
A Winning Concept
Together with Lillehammer and the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, Oslo wants to bring the Winter Olympics and Paralympics back to Norway in 2022.
- With the ‘Games in the City’ concept, we believe that Oslo has a strong position in the tough international competition that lies ahead, and a 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics staged in Oslo will leave a positive legacy here in Norway, and in the Olympic Movement, long after the Closing Ceremony is completed, concludes Governing Mayor Stian Berger Røsland.