POSTED: February 17th 2015

Almaty 2022: The IOC evaluation winds up the last day with technical presentations and final discussions

The Almaty 2022 team included Olympian figure skater Denis Ten (left) fresh from winning the Four Continents Championship in Seoul, South Korea / SFC
The Almaty 2022 team included Olympian figure skater Denis Ten (left) fresh from winning the Four Continents Championship in Seoul, South Korea / SFC

LAURA WALDEN at the INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL in ALMATY / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The final day of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) site evaluation for the Almaty 2022 Olympic bid wound up with a number of technical presentations back at the Ritz Carlton as the snow began to fall all over the region. The IOC visit was sunny and warm until the last day.  

Some of the topics that were covered were the Paralympic Games, Legal Aspects, Games Safety, Security and Medical Services, Marketing, Finance and Political and Public Support.

The morning session began with National Paralympic Committee President Darkhan Kaletayev explaining the Paralympic Game plan and he said, "The nation of Kazakhstan is a proud and ambitious country. We are also a young nation on a very dynamic growth trajectory. Paralympic Games planning is fully supported by our National Paralympic Committee and forms an integral part of the brilliantly compact Almaty 2022 Concept."

Marat Beketayev, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Justice for the Republic of Kazakhstan, focused on the legal aspects of hosting the Games and said, "The Legal section of Almaty 2022´s bid is a fascinating one. It is one that underpins the commitments that we must make to each other to ensure the smooth and legal operation of the Winter Games.

"We understand that compliance is not always guaranteed merely by words, but that it is always guaranteed by trust and partnership. And we will be good partners. All parties at the local, regional and national levels will enable Almaty 2022 to fulfil our obligations within their entirety".

Another one of the extremely important topics is security and Vladimir Bozhko, Chairman of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, said, "Kazakhstan is a low risk, peaceful and secure country and we have earned admiration from around the world for our commitment to strengthening global security and respect for international norms.

"We are currently a candidate nation for a seat on the 2017/18 United Nations Security Council. For the Almaty 2022 Winter Games a Chief Operational Headquarters will be created with full responsibility for all Games related security.

"Everybody coming to Almaty in 2022 will feel safe and secure, and that´s not just because of our security system but also because Kazakh´s are very friendly and hospitable people welcoming guests with open arms."

The Vice Mayor of Almaty, Madame Zauresh Amanzholova, spoke about the medical part of the Almaty bid with a focus on the 35th WADA accredited anti-doping laboratory that has been operational since 2002.

Madame Amanzholova said, "In addition to being our city's Vice Mayor, I am also a medical doctor. Therefore I can assure you that all Olympic visitors and the Olympic and Paralympic families will receive world-class medical care in Almaty."

She also reiterated the government support on all levels, "There should be little doubt that all levels of the Government fully support Almaty 2022. It is a national priority and our bid forms an integral part of Kazakhstan's vision for its long-term development".

Today the IOC will address the press on their own impressions of the Almaty 2022 Olympic bid and then a team from Almaty will wrap up the four day event with their final media briefing.

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