POSTED: November 15th 2013

Almaty, Beijing, Krakow, Lviv, Oslo, and Stockholm officially join the race for the 2022 Games

Next stop the IOC headquarters December 4-6 for the first briefing
Next stop the IOC headquarters December 4-6 for the first briefing

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is very pleased with the amount of interest and the high number of cities throwing their hats in the ring to host the Winter Games. They are: Almaty (Kazakhstan), Beijing (China), Krakow (Poland), Lviv (Ukraine), Oslo (Norway), and Stockholm (Sweden).

Last round there were only three cities Annecy, Munich and PyeongChang with the Korean alpine city taking the 2018 Winter Games.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said, “I am delighted that six cities are bidding to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

“These cities and their supporters clearly understand the benefits that hosting the Games can have and the long lasting legacy that a Games can bring to a region. Indeed, while recent Games have left an array of sporting, social, economic and other legacies for the local population, many cities that did not go on to win the right to host the Games have also noted benefits as a result of their bids.”

The group of cities offers a mixed level of traditional and developing winter sports markets and Oslo (Winter 1952, Lillehammer 1994) and Stockholm (Summer 1912, 1956 co- hosted with Melbourne) as well as Beijing (Summer 2008) have the experience of hosting the Games before.

All the cities had until the deadline of November 14th at midnight to send in their official application as well as the prerequisite criteria (declarations concerning the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Court of Arbitration for Sport) as was established by the IOC Executive Board in 2010.

The next point of the agenda is that they will convene in Lausanne 4 to 6 December 2013 to participate in an Observer Programme outlining their needs during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in just a few months.

The critical time will come next summer when an expert IOC Working Group then consequently the IOC Executive Board will select the cities that will be shortlisted to move forward to Phase 2 as actual Candidate Cities.

After they have submitted their candidature files at the start of 2015, then the IOC Evaluation Commission will visit each city to prepare the evaluation report to help the IOC members to make their choice as to who is the city to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. This report will be made available to the members two days prior to the technical briefing held in Lausanne where they can directly gain insight as to their unique plans.

The final vote will take place in Kuala Lumpur on 31 July in 2015 at the IOC Session.  

The 2022 timeline:  

Phase 1:

Deadline for NOCs to submit an Applicant City – 14 November 2013

Applicant City Seminar – Lausanne – 4-6 December 2013

Sochi Olympic Winter Games Observer Programme – 7-23 February 2014

Submission of the Application File - 14 March 2014

Selection of Candidate Cities by the IOC - Executive Board – 8-9 July 2014 

Phase 2:

Submission of the Candidature File & Guarantees – January 2015

IOC Evaluation Commission visits – February – March 2015

Evaluation Commission report / Candidate City Briefing for IOC Members – May - June 2015

Election of the 2022 Host City by the IOC Session - Kuala Lumpur – 31 July 2015.

Keywords · 2022 Games · Winter Olympics · IOC

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