Oslo joins race to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Nov 07, 2013, 5:34 AM EST
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to newly appointed IOC President Thomas Bach, center, during the opening ceremony of a railway station in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has praised Russia’s preparations for the Olympics, voicing confidence that the Winter Games in Sochi will be a success story. Bach met Monday with Putin in Sochi on his first trip there since taking office last month.
AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Oslo will bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, seeking to bring the games back to Norway for the first time since Lillehammer in 1994.

Ingunn Olsen, a spokeswoman for the Oslo bid committee, says the Norwegian capital will submit its candidature "within the deadline of the IOC," adding a formal letter had not yet been sent.

Nov. 14 is the deadline for submission of bids to the International Olympic Committee.

Oslo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1952. The 1994 Lillehammer Games are considered among the most successful Winter Olympics.

So far, bids for 2022 have also been announced by the Ukrainian city of Lviv; Beijing and the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou; and Almaty, Kazakhstan. A referendum will be held Sunday in Germany on a proposed bid from Munich. Poland and Slovakia are expected to lodge a joint bid.

The IOC will select the 2022 host city in 2015.