IOC finalises host candidates for 2022 Winter Olympics
- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the bidding calendar in October 2012.
- The application deadline was set for 14 November 2013.
- The Executive Board analysed the bids on 7 July 2014 and picked Oslo (Norway), Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Beijing (China) as the final candidate cities.
- Oslo abjured its bid on 1 October 2014 with Beijing and Almaty as the remaining final candidates.
Beijing announces layout for 2022 Winter Olympics
20 Feb 2014
- The Beijing Olympic Games Bidding Committee disclosed the gymnasium layout for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
- Beijing and neighbouring city Zhangjiakou were jointly bidding to host the game.
- The layout planned to reuse some of the venues already built for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- But the layout relied on fake snow for a lot of events to be held on mountain tops such as skiing.
Why was Beijing chosen?
31 Jul 2015
- Beijing leaders convinced the delegates that they had plentiful water supplies and snow making equipment to simulate ideal skiing conditions for athletes.
- The IOC stated that Beijing fitted their agenda of "stronger focus on sustainability, legacy, and transparency."
- As China mostly planned to rely on existing venues, it would be easier for it to meet the total estimated cost of $1.5 bn.
Chinese President, Mr. Xi Jinping in a video addressed to the IOC had said, "Let me assure you that if you choose Beijing, the Chinese people will present to the world a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic Winter Games in Beijing."
The final bid
31 Jul 2015
- Members of the IOC which is holding its annual congress at Kuala Lumpur, voted in favour of Beijing over its only competitor, Almaty.
- The narrow margin indicated as to how conflicted voters were about their choice of giving hosting rights.
- After electronic devices failed, voting was conducted through traditional paper ballots.
- Beijing won over the delegates with some explicit plans for 2022 Winter Olympics.
Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics
1 Aug 2015
- Despite the problem of the absence of snow, Beijing, China's capital has been awarded the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
- In the final bid at Kuala Lumpur, Beijing overpowered its only competitor, Almaty (Kazakhstan) by a close margin of 44-40.
- Having hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, it will become the only city to host both the summer and the winter Olympics.