A joint Norway-Sweden bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics would be an exciting idea, a Norwegian College of Elite Sport top official told Norwegian outlet Nationen.
The official suggested a bid combining Trondheim, Norway, and Are, Sweden, which are about 100 miles apart, but also said there had been no talks with Swedish officials.
The Olympic Charter allows for the possibility of a Winter Olympics shared by two countries.
“For the Olympic Winter Games, when for geographical or topographical reasons it is impossible to organize certain events or disciplines of a sport in the country of the host city, the IOC may, on an exceptional basis, authorise the holding of these in a bordering country,” the charter says.
Oslo withdrew its bid for the 2022 Olympics on Oct. 1, after Norway’s government voted not to financially back it.
A Stockholm bid for the 2022 Olympics was scrapped in January, though officials said this week they regretted doing so given the changes to the bidding process being put into place, according to The Associated Press.
Stockholm’s bid proposed holding mountain events in Are, nearly 400 miles away from the Swedish capital.
The 2022 Winter Olympics will be awarded to Almaty, Kazakhstan, or Beijing next year.