Crisis talks for Oslo's 2022 Winter Olympics bid

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 5, 2014 at 7:14 am •  Published: May 5, 2014
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway's Olympic Committee is assessing ways to salvage Oslo's ailing bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after one of the two parties in the coalition government came out against it.

The committee was to discuss the precarious situation at an extraordinary meeting on Monday, spokesman Martin Hafsahl said.

The bid is in doubt after the right-wing Progress Party on Sunday voted against providing financial guarantees for the games, saying the money could be better spent on infrastructure, education, health-care and other issues.

That means the bid can only go ahead if the larger coalition partner, the Conservatives, decides to support it with backing from the left-wing opposition in Parliament, which would be politically awkward.

Prime Minister and Conservative leader Erna Solberg said Monday it's too early to decide how to proceed.

"We first need to agree with the City of Oslo on the costs and how to divide them. After that we will contact parties in Parliament," she told Norwegian news agency NTB. "An Olympics is a big party but it's also associated with big costs. We must therefore get the numbers on the table so that we know what we are dealing with."

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