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Stockholm pulls out of 2022 Winter Olympics bidding


A man holds a flag of Sweden during a ceremony for Artemis Racing, of Sweden, after their America’s Cup challenger series semifinal sailing race against Luna Rossa Challenge, of Italy, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in San Francisco. Luna Rossa Challenge won to advance to the challenger finals against Emirates Team New Zealand. Artemis Racing was eliminated. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


Stockholm’s ruling political party said the Swedish capital will not bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, two months after it was among six cities announced as bidders.
“Arranging a Winter Olympics would mean a big investment in new sports facilities, for example for the bobsleigh and luge,” the Moderate party said in a statement, according to Reuters. “There isn’t any need for that type of that kind of facility after an Olympics.”

The Swedish capital hosted the 1912 Summer Games. No city has hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Under its previous 2022 bid plan, the Alpine events would have been held in the northern Swedish ski resort of Are, which is 395 miles north of Stockholm.

The International Olympic Committee will choose the 2022 Olympic host city in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015.

Here are the five other bidders:

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Beijing-Zhangjiakou, China
Krakow, Poland-Jasna, Slovakia
Lviv, Ukraine
Oslo, Norway

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