POSTED: March 5th 2015

Almaty 2022 slashes Winter Games plan by $550 million conforming to Agenda 2020

The IOC Evaluation Team visited Almaty, Kazakhstan for four days last month / SFC
The IOC Evaluation Team visited Almaty, Kazakhstan for four days last month / SFC

Shymbulak Resort was eliminated cutting $100 million from the costs improvements / SFC
Shymbulak Resort was eliminated cutting $100 million from the costs improvements / SFC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Almaty 2022 bid committee tells that following the International Olympic Committee (IOC) evaluation visit they have been able to dramatically cut down their budget by $550 million in accordance to Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms. The new adjusted plan has been submitted to the IOC prior to the March 4th deadline.

Almaty  is running against Beijing, China to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The IOC Evaluation Commission, led by Alexander Zhukov, with IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi and head of IOC Bid City Relations, Jacqueline Barrett and their team, was able to guide Almaty 2022 to further apply the new reforms to streamline the plan.

By making key changes in 8 areas this impacted the OCOG budget taking it down $US 100 million dollars, and the Non-OCOG budget is now reduced by over $US 450 million dollars. 

Almaty 2022 Vice Chairman Andrey Kryukov said, "These revisions, based on the Agenda 2020 reforms, allowed us to save over half a billion US dollars while at the same time making our Concept - already the most efficient and compact in over thirty years - even more convenient, more efficient and better tailored for the athletes' experience at the 2022 Winter Games."

The adjustments include relocating all Alpine Skiing disciplines to an existing, ideal location - Almatau Mountain - for cost and long-term Legacy motives.

The beautiful Shymbulak Resort and Tau Park Alpine were eliminated from the plan to better optimize Almaty's long-term sports Legacy.

The cross and slopestyle events for freestyle ski and snowboard were relocated, as well as parallel slalom and giant slalom for snowboard & freestyle to the existing Ak Bulak Resort to enhance long-term sustainability for these sports and this venue.

Snowboard and freestyle events were removed from Tau Park to better optimize the Almaty 2022 legacy.

Paralympic ice sledge hockey was relocated from the Almaty Olympic Arena to the existing Baluan Sholak venue in the City Centre to increase the athlete's experience and improve sustainability.

Adjustments were made to the Medeu Athlete Village lowering the capacity from 1,000 beds to 350 beds and the Kok Zhailau Media accommodation plan was eliminated as well as the Medeu Mountain Media Sub Centre further adding to their legacy.

Almaty 2022 Co-Vice Chairman, four-time Olympian and Lillehammer 1994 Gold Medallist Vladimir Smirnov said, "Our bid is based on maximum use of real, existing venues. With the new optimizations, now nine of the thirteen needed venues, or almost seventy percent, already exist.

"This means reduced costs, minimal environmental impact on our beautiful mountains and a great long-term, sustainable legacy for winter sports in the Almaty region.

"It is a win-win for Almaty 2022 and the Olympic Movement because it is a tangible example of what Agenda 2020 means for the Movement long-term," he concluded.

Kryukov added, "We have made every effort to create a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience for the world's greatest athletes.  Our Concept guarantees short distances to venues so athletes can focus on the most important competitions of their lives, instead of enduring long travel times.

"Our Concept guarantees ample sports and recreation facilities in all three Villages to keep the athletes fit - and relaxed. And perhaps most importantly for the athletes, Almaty 2022 guarantees two additional weeks testing period for all venues for all NOCs prior to the Games.

"This ensures true fair play for all athletes preparing for Almaty 2022.  It is another example of what we mean by Keeping it Real."

Almaty has based their plan on delivering the most "easy to use" and efficient Games plan in 30 years - all venues are within a 30 km radius of the Olympic Village. From the Ritz Hotel in the center of town where the IOC stayed you can view almost all the venues around the city.

The final vote to host the Games will take place in Kuala Lumpur on July 31st at the IOC session.

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