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Oslo 2022 Winter Bid Loses Support

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According to a poll commissioned by daily Aftenposten and conducted December 13 to 18, as to whether Oslo should bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, support for the bid has slipped.

Of 800 people surveyed, 42 per cent were in favour of a bid while 33 per cent were opposed. The remaining 25 per cent were undecided.

A similar poll in March 2011 showed that 58 per cent favoured a bid, 25 per cent were against, while 17 per cent were undecided.

The Oslo city council is to decide in June whether it will apply for a state guarantee to help finance a bid. If they decide against it, given the costs and investment required, the application process will reportedly end.

A local referendum on the bid is due in September.

Eli Grimsby, who heads the committee working on a potential bid, had no explanation to the drop in support, but said that she focussed on the fact that "so many were positive" to a bid, saying, "this is quite high compared to other countries". She still thinks Oslo has a good chance of winning the Games in 2022, but told Aftenposten last week that she realized "we have to have the people behind us". We just have to make even more clear what we can inherit from an OL (Olympic Games), what we'll still have when the Games are over", including for example, new housing, arenas, improved infrastructure and "memories that bind a nation together".

The host city for the 2022 Winter Games will be elected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015.

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