POSTED: November 7th 2014

Almaty 2022 Makes Compact and Affordable Bid

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The remaining two Olympic bid cities for the 2022 winter Games, Almaty and Beijing, made their debut presentations to the Association of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) at the General Assembly launching their international promotions. The Kazakh city of Almaty described themselves as a compact and affordable alternative.

Ilya Urazakov, Almaty bid committee board member, stated, ""We are proposing the most compact winter games in the last 30 years." The Olympic Park would be located about six miles (ten kilometers) from the city center and all other venues would be within a 22 mile (35 kilometer) radius.

This compact bid approach differed from the Beijing's bid, which presented that they would host Nordic events in Zhangjiakou about 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the north.

The Kazakhstan city, of only 1.5 million, has an uphill battle against the strong favorite Beijing who have showcased their organizing, marketing, and media campaign efforts. Furthermore, Almaty was given low scores in a technical evaluation report by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Urazakov outlined that out of the 13 proposed venues for the Games, eight of them would be existing facilities. Regardless of the Olympic bid outcome, three new venues would be built by 2016. If the Almaty won the Olympic bid, then two more facilities would be built. One would be a curling facility, which would seat 3,000 and a 12,000 seat stadium for the skating events. 

A 5,500 bed athlete village and 25 acres (10-hectare) Olympic village was included in the presentation.

Unlike the Beijing bid, Almaty did not specify any dates on when the Games would be held.

On July 31 of next year, the selection of the 2022 Winter Games host city will take place at the IOC assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Keywords · Almaty 2022 · Beijing 2022 · IOC · NOC · Olympic Games · Olympic

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