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Stockholm pulls out of bidding for 2022 Winter Olympics

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According to CBC Sports on Friday, Stockholm, Sweden has pulled out of bidding for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

The reason for the decision is because city council in Sweden refused to support the bid for financial reasons and they were not prepared for the large investment required to host an Olympic Winter Games.

The decision could be a huge blow to hockey fans because an Olympic Winter Games in Stockholm would improve the chances of National Hockey League participation.

The five cities that are currently in the running are Oslo, Norway; Karkow, Poland; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Lviv, Ukraine; and Beijing, China.

Oslo has hosted the 1952 Olympic Winter Games in the past and Beijing, China has hosted the 2008 Olympic Summer Games.

Almaty meanwhile is already hosting the 2017 Winter Universiade.

Oslo should be considered the favourite now because of the great success of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer and the fact that Asia will have hosted the two previous Olympic Games--in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea and in 2020 in Tokyo.

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