By Zjan Shirinian

Oslo has updated its bid logo to reflect its status as a Candidate City ©Oslo 2022Oslo 2022 has released an adapted version of its bid logo for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and upgraded its website.

The logo now features the Olympic rings and the words "Candidate City", after it joined China's capital Beijing and Almaty in Kazakhstan in being shortlisted last week by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the 2022 race.

Designed by Norwegian company Snøhetta Design, the logo is based on "Nordic Simplicity".

It uses the letters and numbers in Oslo 2022, which are put together "as in a construction kit".

The logo update has seen the colours amended to reflect those of the Olympic rings, said designer Henrik Haugan, who developed the logo together with designer Kim André Ottesen.

"With the IOC's announcement of Oslo as a 2022 Candidate City, the city of Oslo and the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports will continue their genuine efforts to deliver unforgettable, yet sustainable Games, that will contribute to responsible development of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement and the Olympic family," said a bid spokesperson.

"Over the last two years the city of Oslo and the Norwegian National Olympic Committee have made extensive detailed bid preparations.

"The capital of Norway can host most of the disciplines, on both snow and ice, within the city limits.

"Lillehammer will host the Alpine events, along with bobsleigh, luge and skeleton."

The Oslo 2022 website has undergone an "extensive upgrade" after being shortlisted last week as a Candidate City ©Oslo 2022The Oslo 2022 website has undergone an "extensive upgrade" after being shortlisted last week as a Candidate City ©Oslo 2022

Together with the refresh for the logo, the original version of which was unveiled in February, Oslo 2022 has also launched an "extensive upgrade" of its website, which can be seen here.

The bid does not currently have Government support, with a decision on its backing to be made later in the year, casting doubt on Oslo 2022's viability.

There is also low public support, with an IOC poll in Oslo and the surrounding municipal areas showing 36 per cent support for the city hosting the Games, with 50 per cent against.

The next stage of the bid process comes on January 7 next year, when the Candidature Files from the three successful cities will be due.

An Evaluation Commission made up of IOC members and experts will then visit each Candidate City in February and March and prepare a technical risk assessment.

A final decision will be made in a vote held during the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 31 2015.