Oslo takes next step in 2022 winter Olympics bid

Norwegian capital Oslo has officially applied for a financial governmental guarantee in a bid to host the 2022 winter Olympics and Paralympics.

A report was delivered to minister of culture Hadia Tajik by the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF), and is the next step in the bid process following the City Council’s approval earlier this month.

The governing mayor of Oslo, Stian Berger Røsland, said: "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. Oslo is the only city on the planet that is able to organise the winter Olympics in an urban setting.

“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."