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Winter Olympics: Oslo joins Almaty in bidding for 2022 Games

Published on Sep 10, 2013 5:32 PM

OSLO (REUTERS) - Oslo residents have voted in favour of bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the Norwegian capital hoping to bring the event back to the Nordic nation of five million for a third time.

With nearly all the votes counted by Monday night, 55 per cent of Oslo voters supported the bid in a city-wide referendum, a big turnaround compared to earlier opinion polls that showed that high costs had turned many voters off.

"They say the budget will be 30 billion crowns (S$6.34 billion) so you can expect it to blow out to twice that before we're done," 28-year-old store clerk Frida Nilsen told Reuters."That seems to be a lot of money for a two-week party."

Only Almaty in Kazakhstan has formally applied to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, while Barcelona and Munich are also considering bidding.

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