Almaty, Beijing named as 2022 Winter Games candidates
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[July 07, 2014]
By Tom Miles
LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) - Oslo,
Almaty and Beijing were confirmed as the official candidates to host the
2022 Winter Olympic Games on Monday even though an International Olympic
Committee (IOC) report found several weaknesses in the Kazakh city's
Stockholm, Krakow and Lviv had also submitted bids to the IOC but
all three later withdrew.
"The IOC Executive board has selected the cities of Oslo, Almaty and
Beijing as candidate cities for the Olympic Winter Games 2022," IOC
President Thomas Bach told a news conference. The three candidates
were confirmed on the strength of an IOC report into their ability
to host the games, which was released to coincide with the
announcement on Monday.
The report assessed each city on 15 criteria, including
accommodation, venues, doping control, safety and transport.
Oslo scored strongly except on public support for the games - a poll
by the IOC found 36 percent support for the Games in the Norwegian
capital Oslo and surrounding areas but 50 percent against.
Almaty was weak in many respects - its concept for the Olympic
Village, media centre plans, "very limited" experience in holding
big winter sports events, its policing, telecoms and internet
policies and the environmental impact of the Games, as well as the
"Given the size of the economy and its reliance on oil, there may be
challenges in supporting the significant investments in competition
and non-competition venues necessary for the Games, unless there is
extraordinary government support and the economy is strong," the
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Beijing's bid scored weakest on environmental impact and for its
venues while its plans hinged on building a high-speed railway. It
scored highly, however, on government and public support.
The report also considered the five-year averages of a range of air
quality data provided by the three cities. Beijing and Almaty both
showed air quality that was poorer than World Health Organisation
standards in at least one category.
"The IOC is very happy to see three very different approaches with
regard to the organisation of the games. This gives the IOC a choice
between three diverse bids, with different legacy plans, with
different approaches, with different budgets," Bach said.
(Reporting by Marina Depetris, writing by Tom Miles; editing by
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