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IOC finalises host candidates for 2022 Winter Olympics

2012-2014
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
Beijing announces layout for 2022 Winter Olympics
  • 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
Why was Beijing chosen?
  • 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.

China's Promise

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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
The final bid
  • 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
Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics
  • 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.