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Norway: Tromsø defeats Oslo

Posted by African Press International on March 31, 2007

Acting Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports president Odd-Roar Thoresen (right) had to use his double votet to break the deadlock in favor of Tromsø.

PHOTO: Heiko Junge / SCANPIX

Tromsø gets Olympic nod

The board of the Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports has decided that the northern city of Tromsø should be the candidate to bid to stage the Winter Olympics in 2018.

Acting sports president Odd-Roar Thorsen announced the decision at a press conference at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, after saying: “It is the nature of sport to be brutal – it creates winners and losers.”

Thorsen revealed that the board vote had ended 6-6 and been resolved by the double vote of the meeting leader.

“We now go from a city contest to a contest of nations. It is important that we now stand united behind the candidate we have chosen,” Thorsen said, and added that all three candidates – Tromsø, Oslo and Trondheim – had been strong.

“They have done a thorough job and deserve respect. I am sure that all three could have held fantastic winter games,” Thorsen said.

The next stage of the process will be a parliamentary treatment of the question of a state guarantee for the Olympic games, which should happen in the autumn. In 2009 the Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports presents the candidate city to the International Olympic Committee and a formal application is sent to the IOC in 2010.

In July 2010 the IOC narrows the field of potential hosts to four cities and a year later the IOC chooses the city that will hos the 2018 Winter Olympics.

By Erli Berg Daneshmand and Jonathan Tisdall

*”/”*Lifted and published by African Press in Norway, apn, tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.aftenpostenENG

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