POSTED: July 6th 2014

2022 Olympics: IOC widely anticipated to keep Almaty, Beijing and Oslo

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has its Executive Board convening this morning at the headquarters to decide whether or not to shortlist the three cities in the race to host the 2022 Winter Games. 

Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing, China; and Oslo, Norway are the applicant cities.

It is widely viewed that with only three left in what started as a six city race, the IOC will just rubber stamp the trio and the bidding campaign will move into the next phase as candidate cities.

Only last week Lviv retracted their bid due to the continuing political turmoil in Ukraine in the past months. They have decided to look ahead to 2026 and set their sights for the future.

Stockholm, Sweden pulled out of the 2022 race early on as local politicians decided not to back the bid. Krakow, Poland fell out due to a lack of public support when they couldn't get citizens to vote yes for the Games on a referendum. Two other potential bids Germany and Switzerland fell victims to the same fate. Sochi 2014 had lots of media coverage on the inflated costs of the 2014 Games and Brazil has run into preparations delays and this has had a negative impact on public perception about hosting the Olympics.   

The Executive Board will get updates on the situation in Brazil that was declared so dire that the IOC had complaints from the international sports federations during their General Assembly in Belek, Turkey in April. IOC Executive Games Director, Gilbert Felli, was sent to work on the spot to oversee the situation first hand.

However, the FIFA World Cup has been going rather smoothly and this is a big inspiration that the Brazilian organizers can pull these big events off in spite of construction delays. Works have finally also started on the Deodoro sports complex, which will host 11 sports, but the sailing venue in Guanabara Bay remains seriously polluted. Rio Mayor, Eduardo Paes, last month speaking to the press stated that they would not be able to clean up the waters in the bay that Olympic sailors have compared to a sewer with over 70% pollution. Sailors were disgusted to find floating trash and furniture, even animal carcasses, and numerous plastic bags that could harm equipment.

The Board will also discuss the venue plans for Tokyo 2020 after the first coordination commission, led by Australian John Coates, met with local organizers and a number of possible venue changes were tabled by the local government in view of reducing construction costs and enhancing post Games legacy.

This past weekend Tokyo had around 500 protestors marching to challenge the plan to demolish the old ’64 Olympic stadium and to raise a new modern high tech venue in its place.

The other high priority topic the group will work on is the “Olympic Agenda 2020” that IOC President Thomas Bach has pushed forward as a blueprint to bring in improvements. He named fourteen working groups on a number of topics that recently met in Lausanne to discuss recommendations that were gathered from proposals made by the Olympic Movement, the world of sport and even by individual members of the public. 

The Board will prepare recommendations that will go before the IOC Assembly to be held in December this year in Monaco. 

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