Sports group slams Special Olympics

Norway’s main sports association took aim at the Special Olympics on Friday, arguing that the royally promoted Norwegian branch of the worldwide sport movement for people with disabilities did little to actually facilitate any activities. Special Olympics President Geir Smeby denied the claims his organization lacked significance, was undemocratic and wasn’t transparent enough. The Special […]

Crackdown on ‘bathing studies’

Education Minister Torbjørn Roe Isaksen announced on Monday he’d limit the types of courses available to Norwegian students going short-term programs abroad, to put an end to so-called “bathing studies.” Isaksen said students traveling to exotic locales to do courses like “winter sports and free-riding” and “physical activity and health” did little to improve students’ […]

Mayor seeks BASE jumping ban

Norway is world famous as an extreme sports mecca, but the mayor of a renowned BASE jumping area has sought to literally take the wind out of adrenaline junkies’ sails. The Aurdal mayor wants the sport banned locally and national regulations to be drawn up after three men died BASE jumping in Gudvangen last autumn. […]

Sports clubs sweat over marathon rival

An American company will be staging Oslo’s first “Rock ‘n’ Roll” half-marathon next year, complete with live bands and cheerleaders. Norway’s sports clubs aren’t welcoming the new event, fearing they’ll lose out on income and runners for the races they organize. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Oslo Half Marathon will be held in the capital next […]

Bike race under ‘thumbtack attack’

Police in Oppland were investigating what they called sabotage against a major highway cycling race on Saturday, after large amounts of thumbtacks were found on the race route. Police believe the tacks had been intentionally thrown from cars by people who dislike cyclists, to cause flat tires and possibly accidents. The thumbtacks (tegnestifter), short flatheaded […]