A top Swedish Olympic official says Stockholm would not have dropped out of the race for the 2022 Winter Games if it knew about the changes in the bidding process taking place now.
Stefan Lindeberg, president of the Swedish Olympic Committee, says Stockholm would bid again — if it had the chance — because of a "change in attitude" of the IOC as it revamps the candidate city procedure.
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Stockholm pulled out in January after Swedish politicians refused to give financial backing, the first of four contenders to withdraw.
Lindeberg says: "If we would have the discussion in January that we are having now, I would say we would still stay in this."
Krakow, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine, and Oslo have also withdrawn. Only two candidates remain: Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.