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Response to Poiuyt (Reply #9)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 05:24 PM

10. The problem is that not too many cities/countries want to host because the IOC is demanding.

For 2022, it came down to Oslo, Almaty (Kazakstan) and Beijing.

Oslo was the frontrunner, but the Norwegian parliament voted against it. From the Wikipedia article:

Public reception to (Oslo's) application for funding had been highly negative due to cost concerns after the cost overruns of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and especially revelations about a series of hospitality-related demands that had been reportedly made by the IOC. The demands notably included "diva-like demands for luxury treatment" for the IOC members themselves, such as special lanes on all roads only to be used by IOC members and a cocktail reception at the Royal Palace with drinks paid for by the royal family. Several commentators pointed out that such demands were unheard of in a western democracy; Slate described the IOC as a "notoriously ridiculous organization run by grifters and hereditary aristocrats

Thus, it came down to Kazakstan and China. Guess who had more money and more ability to impress the IOC?

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