A majority in the Norwegian capital of Oslo support hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics in the city, suggesting growing support for the plans. Picture: AFP.
A majority in the Norwegian capital of Oslo support hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics in the city, suggesting growing support for the plans, a survey said Monday.
Of the 1,000 people surveyed by Respons Analyse, 51 per cent were in favour of an Olympic bid while 35 per cent were opposed, the daily Aftenposten said. The remaining 14 per cent were undecided according to the poll.
A similar poll in January said 45.2 per cent favoured a bid.
Draft plans for the 2022 bid suggest a compact concept with most events, except alpine skiing, within the city boundary.
Eli Grimsby, who heads the group planning the Oslo bid, said the increase in support could be due to greater awareness of the concept called Games in the City, Aftenposten said.
A local referendum on the bid is due in September. Bid intentions must be submitted to the International Olympic Committee before the end of the year. The 2022 host city will be elected by the IOC in 2015.
Norway hosted Winter Olympics in Oslo 1952 and in Lillehammer 1994. – Sapa.