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Swedes mull Stockholm Olympic Games bid

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Swedes mull Stockholm Olympic Games bid
10:15 CEST+02:00
The head of the Swedish National Olympic Committee has claimed that there is popular support for a Stockholm bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, while the government has expressed doubt over the prospects of success.

"Perhaps this is a unique chance that we have. That alone makes it worth

trying," Stefan Linderberg told the TT news agency.

However, the Swedish government has openly queried whether a bid would have

any chance of winning, but Lindeberg is adamant there was a case for trying.

Should Stockholm go forward as a candidate it is likely to have Scandinavian

rivals in capital Stockholm.

Oslo inhabitants are to vote on whether they wish to bid to host the 2022 games after the city council on Wednesday voted in favour of bidding.

The referendum will be held on September 9th at the same time as the

Norwegian parliamentary elections with a yes vote the favoured outcome.

Oslo has already hosted the Winter Games, in 1952, while Norway also played host to the quadrennial event in Lillehammer in 1994.

The withdrawal of Swiss resort St Moritz has left it a wide open race.

Barcelona - who hosted a highly successful 1992 Summer Games - Munich - who

were humiliated in the race for the 2018 Games with Korean candidate Pyeongchang winning in the first round of voting - and the Polish city of Krakow, who the Poles hope to convince neighbouring Slovakia to be part of the bid, have all indicated an interest in bidding.

The vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members as to hosts

the Games will be in August 2015.

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