Football bosses to reveal travel bills

Kjetil Siem, one of Norway's top football bureaucrats, has defended the way NFF has handled its many problems of late, not least the replacement of head coach Egil "Drillo" Olsen. Siem, shown here being interviewed by state broadcaster NRK, has also made it clear that he dislikes the criticism NFF has been getting. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

After months of defiance, top officials within Norway’s national football federation have given in to demands to make public what they spend on travel. Football boss Kjetil Siem claimed he wanted to stop feeling like he was under constant suspicion. “Now everyone can see where the trips have gone, who has been traveling, their receipts for […]

Winter makes a comeback

Traffic warnings were up on many mountain roads in southern and central Norway on Saturday. Snow and slippery conditions dominated, just as runners in Oslo were welcoming the spring and skiers thought they’d be saying farewell to winter. More than 12,000 skiers, including champions like Therese Johaug and Petter Northug, were making the annual trek […]

Huge interest all but drowns waterslide project

Interest is so massive in plans to create a giant waterslide on a hilly street in Oslo this summer that the website set up to sell tickets crashed over the weekend. It simply couldn’t handle the demand. “Some of you experienced problems yesterday in ordering tickets for Norway’s longest waterslide,” read a message posted on […]

Chess champ bullish as tournament begins

Magnus Carlsen seemed more fired up and aggressive than nervous as the large Norway Chess tournament got underway in Stavanger on Tuesday. Many of the world’s best chess players are in the western Norwegian city for the tournament that runs through April 30. Carlsen made it clear he was keen to perform much better than he […]

Chess player postpones wedding to replace Karjakin

PHOTO: Norway Chess/Dirk Jan ten Guezendam

Li Chao, China’s second-highest-rated chess player and 15th on the live rating list, has accepted an invitation to play in the Norway Chess tournament that starts next week in Stavanger. Li will replace Sergey Karjakin, the Ukrainian-Russia player who announced he was dropping out on Wednsday. Organizers of the major Norwegian tournament in Stavanger were […]

Norway Chess blasts Karjakin’s pull-out

PHOTO: Facebook

Organizers of the major Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger later this month are furious with Magnus Carlsen’s challenger Sergey Karjakin and the Russian apparatus around him after it was announced that Karjakin won’t be participating after all. They’re accusing Karjakin of contract violation and called his withdrawal “disrespectful” to the game itself. Karjakin reportedly feels he needs the time he […]

New football boss off to rough start

Terje Svendsen

Terje Svendsen just recently took over as president of Norway’s national football federation NFF (Norges Fotballforbund) and he’s already getting kicked around. On Friday he and other athletic officials were called in to a meeting with the government minister in charge of sports and culture, to explain why they won’t release travel expense accounts and live up […]

National team met near-empty stadium

The grandstads at Oslo's Ullevaal Stadium were as empty Tuesday night as they were here before a match 10 years ago. PHOTO: Wikipedia

Norway’s men’s national football team, known locally as landslaget, won its first match in a long time on Tuesday night, against Finland, but hardly any Norwegian fans were in Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium to cheer the victory. “It was sad to see the (empty) grandstands,” player Stefan Johansen told state broadcaster NRK. “Hats off to those who did come.” As […]

Birkebeiner lost on lower participation

The numbers of skiers taking part in last weekend’s Birkebeiner ski race over the mountains of southeastern Norway were down by more than 6,000 from the records reported a few years ago. That’s likely to lead to financial losses for the organizers. “I’ll be crunching the numbers over the Easter holidays, but it’s correct that […]

‘We are a nation of skiers,’ after ‘phenomenal’ season

Norwegians have long been dominating the ski sport internationally and this year was no exception for Norway’s cross-country teams, both for the men’s and women’s. The old saying that Norwegians are “born with skis” seems to have been borne out. Not only did Norway’s downhill racers top the World Cup in alpine skiing, the cross-country skiers did the […]