Bach visits Norway as Oslo 2022 bid in doubt
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach has arrived in Norway amid growing local opposition to Oslo’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Bach’s visit comes as part of a planned tour of the Scandinavian country’s facilities for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics and includes meetings with politicians, 2022 bid leaders and lawmakers. He was also received by Norway’s King Harald at the start of the two-day tour on Monday.
Earlier this month, the junior partner in the ruling coalition voted against any government support for the bid, in a move that likely puts the city out of the race.
The Progress Party objected to Norway hosting the games, saying it would adversely affect the government’s ability to fund infrastructure projects, education, health care and tax cuts.