POSTED: June 2nd 2015

Olympics: Almaty 2022 pleased and encouraged by IOC Evaluation Commission Report

Almaty's concept seeks to deliver a legacy in three areas: sports and physical activity; venues and infrastructure; and economic growth © Almaty 2022
Almaty's concept seeks to deliver a legacy in three areas: sports and physical activity; venues and infrastructure; and economic growth © Almaty 2022

Medeu Skating Oval © Almaty 2022
Medeu Skating Oval © Almaty 2022

Sunkar Ski Jumping venue © Almaty 2022
Sunkar Ski Jumping venue © Almaty 2022

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Almaty 2022 bid committee was pleased and encouraged by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation  Commission report.

Russian IOC Member, Alexander Zhukov and IOC's Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi led the IOC 2022 Evaluation Commission, which released the Almaty 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid report. 

The material of the report comes from the productive, cordial, and very successful visit by the Evaluation Commission in February 2015 to Almaty. Almaty's second bid for the Games benefits enormously from their experience hosting numerous major winter sports events. Such events as Universiade 2017, the recent U23 International Ski Federation (FIS) Nordic World Championships in 2015, and the successful Asian Winter Games in 2011. The success of hosting events shows how well prepared Almaty is to host the 2022 Games at the highest possible standard.

Vice Chairman of Almaty 2022, Andrey Kryukov stated, "First of all we would like to thank the International Olympic Committee, the Evaluation Commission and IOC Member Alexander Zhukov and Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi again for the very productive visit to Almaty in February and the report they made based on this visit. The report clearly states that Almaty´s vision is fully embedded in the Olympic Agenda 2020 and the city's long-term sports development plan - a plan which started in 2011 with the hosting of the Asian Winter Games - is working. Almaty has already invested more than a billion US dollars in the development of winter sports venues and will have 80% of all the venues necessary for hosting the Winter Games finished by 2017."

"This report is a reflection of my career as an athlete. The development of winter sport over the last 15 years is impressive, and it´s not just building venues. The venues were built due to the demand for winter sports facilities in the region. They are all used year in, year out. Kazakhstan is doing a great job in motivating young people to play sports and therefore spreading Olympism throughout the country. Our team here is working very hard, and thanks to the flexibility now with Olympic Agenda 2020 it´s still work in progress.  We will present Almaty in Lausanne and Kuala Lumpur as what it is: a magnificent, modern and young sports city in the heart of Eurasia. I am proud of my home city," commented Kazakhstan's figure skating superstar and Bid Ambassador, Denis Ten.

Mayor of Almaty, Akhmetzhan Yessimov expressed, "We are grateful for this report. Of course, there is still work to be done. But the city is growing every year, and with most venues already in place at latest in 2017, we can focus on these issues. No new major infrastructure project is needed. And we will already have an experienced team on the ground for the OCOG due to the Universiade, which is unique. Now we are looking forward to the two crucial presentations in Lausanne and Kuala Lumpur. Almaty will more than ready to welcome the Olympic Movement in 2022."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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