BERLIN - Six cities, including former Summer Games hostsBeijingandStockholm, have launched bids to host the 2022 WinterOlympics, theInternational Olympic Committee(IOC) said on Friday.
Norwaycapital Oslo, which hosted the 1952 WinterOlympics, is also among those in the running, along with Krakow in Poland,Kazakhstan's Almaty andUkraine'sLviv.
Beijinghosted the 2008OlympicsandStockholmstaged the Games in 1912. The deadline for submissions passed on Thursday.
"I am delighted that six cities are bidding to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games," IOC PresidentThomas Bachsaid in a statement.
"These cities and their supporters clearly understand the benefits that hosting the Games can have and the long-lasting legacy that a Games can bring to a region."
The bids are submitted by one city but several of the potential hosts will stage some events in other areas to accommodate the wide range of sports and disciplines.
While it remains too early to pinpoint any front-runners, the fact thatAsiais hosting the 2018 WinterOlympicsin South Korea's Pyeongchang and then the 2020 Summer Games inTokyo, leavesBeijingfacing an uphill battle from the outset.
WithMunich's decision last week not to bid, Stockholmand Oslorepresent traditional European winter nations, while Krakow,Lvivand Almaty, who also bid for the 2014Olympics, are bidding to put their name on the global winter sports map.
The IOC will make a shortlist in July before electing the winning bid in 2015.
Only three cities bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, whileRussia's Sochi will stage the 2014 edition in February.