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Norway capital in 2022 OWG running, politicians clarify. Oslo, Almaty Kazakstan, Beijing China, Krakow Poland, and Lviv Ukraine met the deadline for submitting Application Files to the IOC to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (OWG), Friday. There were some reservations, however. A total of 21 pages were submitted. The document included facilities description, concept maps, investments and organisation costs, the benefits, and the inclusion of photographs. An ambitious statement is made on page 7: “The winter games will contribute towards a deeper sense of unity - locally, nationally and globally. We will also facilitate outstanding athletic performances, to the benefit of the athletes, the spectators and sport as a public movement. We will set the bar high and exceed what we have done before.”

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Norway capital in 2022 OWG running, politicians clarify

Published on Sunday, 16th March, 2014 at 10:40 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and M. Michael Brady.

Oslo, Almaty Kazakstan, Beijing China, Krakow Poland, and Lviv Ukraine met the deadline for submitting Application Files to the IOC to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (OWG), Friday. There were some reservations, however.

Oslo skyline
The Norwegian capital could see international atheletes arriving to compete in the Olympic Winter Games in 2022.Oslo skyline
Photo: Inez Dawczyk/The Foreigner


A total of 21 pages were submitted. The document included facilities description, concept maps, investments and organisation costs, the benefits, and the inclusion of photographs.

An ambitious statement is made on page 7: “The winter games will contribute towards a deeper sense of unity - locally, nationally and globally. We will also facilitate outstanding athletic performances, to the benefit of the athletes, the spectators and sport as a public movement. We will set the bar high and exceed what we have done before.”

The cost to the public sector of organising the Games has been estimated between USD 4.1bn and 3.6bn.

Private investors will construct the athletes’ villages and the media centre. This is estimated to cost USD 2bn.

The villages can then be sold as apartments or converted to student accommodation and care homes after the 2022 games.

The media centre can be transformed into office space, media or ICT sectors, schools, shops and child day care institutions.

At the same time, Norwegian Ministry of Culture officials have included some clarifications regarding the necessary financial guarantee from the government and public sector, respect of the Olympic Charter.

In her letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey wrote that:The guarantee does not entail the granting of a possible government support of the bid from the City of Oslo and the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2022.

  1. Should the Government decide to support the bid, the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) will be presented with the bid in its entirety, including all governmental guarantees requested for consideration. The Storting has the ultimate decision-making power in this matter.
  2. By granting the guarantee, the Government declares its respect of the Olympic Charter.
  3. The Government presupposes that genuine discussions on cost allocation and distribution of responsibility will be conducted in connection with the Host City Contract and other key agreement.
  4. The selection to host the OWG is a two-phase process. Submission of the Application Files is the penultimate event in the first.

An International Olympic Committee-appointed working group will now study the Applications and submit their findings to the IOC Executive Board.

The first phase’s final event will be the IOC Executive Board meeting at Lausanne, Switzerland 7-9 July 2014.

Evaluating the findings of the working group and select which of the five cities are to become Candidate Cities will take place there.

The second phase begins with the Candidate Cities preparing detailed OWG projects candidature files. These need to be submitted by January 2015.

Financial guarantees are also to be submitted at the same time. Norway’s parliament will need to approve Oslo if selected as a Candidate City. This will be in the form of a legislative measure to provide a State guarantee.

The IOC Evaluation Committee will then visit the Candidate Cities in February-March 2015, with the Committee submitting its evaluation of them in May-June 2015.

The Host City will be elected from among the Candidate ones at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 31st July 2015. 

Oslo is a strong contender to become a Candidate City, not least because it hosted the 1952 Olympic Winter Games.Plans for the 2022 OWG call for holding most of the competitive events, both on snow and on ice, within the city limits.

The Alpine Skiing events – bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton, would be held at Lillehammer, which hosted the 1994 OWG.

The complete Oslo 2022 Application File is available for download from Monday, 17 March here.



Published on Sunday, 16th March, 2014 at 10:40 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and M. Michael Brady.

This post has the following tags: owg22, winterolympics, oslo.





  
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