POSTED: January 6th 2015

Almaty and Beijing submit bid books and the race for the 2022 Olympics turns a corner

The Almaty 2022 delegation with Jacqueline Barrett, IOC Head of Olympic Bid City Coordination, and IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi (holding the bid books) / IOC Arnaud Meylan
The Almaty 2022 delegation with Jacqueline Barrett, IOC Head of Olympic Bid City Coordination, and IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi (holding the bid books) / IOC Arnaud Meylan

The Beijing 2022 delegation /  IOC Arnaud Meylan
The Beijing 2022 delegation / IOC Arnaud Meylan

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Both bid cities in race to host the 2022 Winter Olympics consigned their official bid files today at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The deadline for submissions was scheduled for tomorrow so both handed in their campaigns early.

IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi and IOC Head of Olympic Bid City Coordination Jacqueline Barrett met both delegations today for the official handover.

Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China remained the finalists in a bid race that started out with a number of cities. The 2022 race started with Krakow, Lviv, Oslo, and Stockholm, who all withdrew for a series of reasons namely political unrest, a lack of public support and the fear of the ballooning cost of the Olympics.

The IOC tackled these issues head on in Olympic Agenda 2020 with a number of recommendations to the bidding process that were unanimously approved. This has opened the way for a more flexible bidding process, a stronger emphasis on legacy, lower costs and improved sustainability.

Zauresh Amanzholova, Vice Mayor of Almaty City, said, “This is an important day for the Central Asian region’s winter sports enthusiasts and athletes.

“Almaty 2022 can be a catalyst for social, economic and sports growth in the region where winter sports facilities are badly needed.

“Many recommendations of Agenda 2020 were taken into consideration while developing the concept of the 2022 Winter Games. We believe our bid is a perfect fit with this new philosophy and brings essential benefits to the Almaty and Kazakhstani people.”

President of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee and Mayor of Beijing, Wang Anshun, said, “Today is an important moment for us and a key milestone in the bidding process as we presented our Candidature File to the IOC.

“Our Candidature File embodies the requirements of the IOC and the philosophy of Olympic Agenda 2020. The important concept of running athlete-centred, economical and sustainable Games will be represented well in our bid and actual organisation of the Games in 2022,” he added.

The IOC has embraced the new more flexible reforms and IOC President Thomas Bach noted, “Today is an important day for the Olympic Winter Games in 2022 because we will now have the opportunity to see the vision of the two Candidate Cities.

“For the Candidate Cities, it is a unique opportunity to present their ideas about the organisation of the Olympic Winter Games, and for us a moment that we have been looking forward to for some time.

“Working with the two Candidate Cities, we will apply the first reforms which have been approved by the IOC members very recently in Monaco as part of our Olympic Agenda 2020 roadmap. This will be done through ongoing consultation with the Candidate Cities,” he added.

Benefits to Host Cities

According to the new rules, the 2022 host city will receive a contribution towards hosting the Games of an overall estimated value of USD 880 million.

This funding will come from a share of the profits from the IOC marketing programs, a portion of the broadcast revenues, profits from services provided by the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) as broadcaster of the Games, and assistance that will be provided to the organizing committee by the IOC and other related organizations.

Also the Host City Contract will be made public and the IOC will also give the organizers other rights and benefits and offer other forms of assistance.

The IOC must be able to deliver the full composition of the Olympic Programme at the time of election so that they know the venue requirements. As well one more very important human rights point that is tabled is the “new wording on non-discrimination relating to the Olympic Games and its participants – based on Fundamental Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter”.

Next Steps

Following the submission of the candidature files the IOC Evaluation Commission, led by IOC Member in Russia Alexander Zhukov, will make two on site visits to inspect the two cities bid proposals. The dates will be 14 to 18 February (Almaty) and 24 to 28 March (Beijing).

Then the commission will inspect the 14 themes on the IOC’s candidature questionnaire and they will visit the competition and non-competition venues proposed in the bid.

The commission then prepares a report on their findings that will be published prior to the 2022 briefing that will take place this summer from 9 to 10 June 2015, and will be made available to the public on

The final election of the 2022 Winter Games host city will take place on July 31, 2015 at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Almaty and Beijing can make their bid files public after tomorrow as it was the designated consignment date.   

Keywords · 2022 Winter Olympics · IOC · Almaty 2022 · Beijing 2022 · Jacqueline Barrett · Christophe Dubi

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