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Greenland eyes being 2016 Arctic Games host

by CBC News

Delegation says it would co-host with Iqaluit

Greenland Fisherman

Greenlandic Inuit hunter and fisherman

In this July 26, 2011 photo, a Greenlandic Inuit hunter and fisherman steers his boat past a melting iceberg, along a fjord leading away from the edge of the Greenland ice sheet, near Nuuk, Greenland. The country’s delegation to the 2012 Arctic Winter Games said they will bid to be the host of the 2016 games. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

The Greenland delegation to the 2012 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse wants to host the circumpolar sporting event in 2016.

The delegation said it will host the games, but ask Iqaluit to host hockey and curling, and possibly other ice sports as the country does not have all the venues needed to accommodate those sports.

Tim Larsen, with the Greenland delegation, says they will talk to the City of Iqaluit to see if host-sharing duties can be worked out.

“The idea here is to work together with Nunavut, Iqaluit, to ensure that we can do the hockey games and we will start working with Nunavut and Iqaluit on those parts,” he said.

The City of Iqaluit recently announced it would like to host the 2020 games. Greenland co-hosted the games with Iqaluit in 2002.

The 2014 games will be held in Fairbanks, Alaska.