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Why are the games in Sweden, a bad idea

Stockholm-Åre OS-campaign for the winter OLYMPICS continue despite a ' no ' from the politicians in the Stockholm city hall, and despite the fact that the gov

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Why are the games in Sweden, a bad idea

Stockholm-Åre OS-campaign for the winter OLYMPICS continue despite a ' no ' from the politicians in the Stockholm city hall, and despite the fact that the government has not yet given a guarantee for the external security. The next two weeks, when the skidvärldens gaze towards Åre alpine world ski CHAMPIONSHIPS has OLYMPIC campaign, to make the best advertising for an OLYMPICS seven years from now.

But there are those who believe that it is high time to pull the brakes before it is too late. Christer Wohlin has been known as one of the clearest no-sägarna.

with the former basketledaren, idrottsvännen and sponsringskonsulten, who has experience of arranging a series of major championships and events in Sweden.

Why is he so hostile to a winter OLYMPICS in Sweden?

but the overall reason is that he sees the entire OS-the idea that old-fashioned. This he says is reflected in that in recent time has become increasingly difficult for the International olympic committee (IOC) to get someone who want to arrange.

Only two cities, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, searched for the games in 2022 and the IOC was forced to choose Beijing, and had the summer OLYMPICS as recently as 2008. Just as the face of 2022, it is now a number of cities who dropped out of the – Calgarys population has said no in a referendum and, again, there are only two candidates remain, Stockholm and Milan/Cortina. This shows very clearly that most countries did not think that the winter OLYMPICS is the future, " says Wohlin

He points out that both the Swedish and the Italian candidature is surrounded by question marks and it is uncertain if both will be left when the IOC members will vote in Lausanne on June 23.

Christer Wohlin is for several reasons highly critical of the Stockholm application to arrange the winter OLYMPICS in 2026. Photo: Allis Nettréus

the poor interest in order to arrange make that the IOC desperately need to have in Stockholm at the starting line, which is shown, for example, when given a deferral on the requirement on the government's guarantee of safety.

– the IOC need to Stockholm to show that the new OS model based on the reform programme Agenda 2020 and it is known as ”the new norm” which will provide sustainable game works. But sustainability is something we have long strived for in Sweden when we have large events. The question is why Sweden should fear the IOC's reputation, " says Wohlin.

towards Stockholm-Åre OS-application, for example, when it comes to the budget.

Wohlin claims that kampanjledningen taken up 1.5 billion for much of the revenue from the IOC. SOK has responded to this has to do with how one views the contributions that come from the IOC through its partners in the so-called Topprogrammet.

Wohlin also believe that the budget is swing on a revenue of 100 million u.s. dollars (860 million, according to the monetary value the budget to use), which kampanjledningen say they have had informal talks with the IOC.

"I think it is both strange and inaccurate to use it here as revenue in a budget," says Wohlin, which also calls into question the large differences in expenditure items related to internal security are in the budget, which was in the stadskontorets OS-investigation and the Swedish olympic committee announced in the last year.

directly to the SOK, and asked questions in a letter to a 40-speech of politicians in the media praised the OLYMPIC project. He notes that only nine had responded after a month.

– An OLYMPICS in Stockholm require new facilities for skate and cross country ski and biathlon. The total cost is around a billion, plus the cost of the ground, the p-sites and, possibly, a temporary train station, etc. Now SOK announced that Järfälla and Stockholm are the main options, but some kommunbeslut are not. No one knows what the real costs are, " says Christer Wohlin.

and give yourself the answer.

– SOK has all the time said that is not a skattekrona to go to the OLYMPICS, but now we are there and SOK do not risk a dime of their own money.

Wohlin, who has written several chronicles on the subject at the site of the Sport business, describes himself as a big idrottsvän and says that he absolutely does not have anything against big sporting events, but believes that the huge efforts required to arrange an OLYMPICS for more than two weeks is not worth the price.

– With 3.650 participants costs an extra tävlingstillfälle for an elite athlete 5.5 million per person. It is unreasonable, " says Wohlin, who is counting on a total cost of 20 billion for the OLYMPICS, including seven billion in the cost of the state's external security, a cost that SOK claim will be much lower.

that the OS would give Stockholm the necessary facilities can be dismissed and that it would be better to put the money directly in the community.

– Want the IOC to continue arranging the OS, I think you should relocate the winter OLYMPICS to one and the same place several times in succession – a place where everything is in place and where the IOC ensure the costs, " says Christer Wohlin.

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