Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics 


July 31, Beijing: Beijing was selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games beating the bid of Kazakhstan’s Almaty.

Beijing and Almaty were considered outsiders when the 2022 bid race opened two years ago.But after a host of European cities withdrew for political or financial reasons, the Chinese bid beat Almaty by 44 votes to 40 with one abstention.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that Beijing was awarded the Games because it fitted its new agenda for a stronger focus on sustainability, legacy, and transparency.

The IOC said in a statement that, “Thanks to an additional contribution from the IOC of approximately £564m ($880m) to support the staging of the Olympic Winter Games in 2022, Beijing is confident that it will either break even or make a profit.”

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, were estimated to have cost £31bn ($51bn), making it the most expensive Olympics in history.

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