POSTED: June 9th 2015
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Olympics: Agenda 2020 reforms play a big part in the 2022 Winter Games Campaign

IOC President Thomas Bach gave a statement to the press following today's proceedings © SFC
IOC President Thomas Bach gave a statement to the press following today's proceedings © SFC

LAURA WALDEN at the IOC MUSEUM in LAUSANNE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Beijing (China) both had their long anticipated chance to present their Olympic plans to around 85 members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today in a two-day  technical meeting in Lausanne showcasing the points of their campaigns.

Also on hand were the Presidents and Secretaries General of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations, key players in the management of the sports competitions.

Each city was allowed a 45-minute presentation that included speeches and videos and then the floor was opened to questions.

IOC President Thomas Bach was especially pleased at how the process went today as this marked his first complete campaign under his Presidency. He was elected in Buenos Aires in 2013 when Tokyo grabbed the gold ring to host the Summer Games of 2020.

President Bach said, "It was really impressive to see how both Cities had embraced the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 just six months after the recommendations were unanimously approved by the IOC.

"You could see a clear focus in both bids on sustainability and affordability.  Both presented very well balanced budgets, and both clearly demonstrated what they wanted to achieve, following Olympic Agenda 2020, by building their proposals into the long-term development plans of their city, region and country.

"Both cities had different approaches and are starting from different points: Almaty plans to develop a traditional winter sports centre, and leave the lasting legacy of transforming the region. 

"On the other hand, Beijing showed excellent use of the 2008 legacy, and also plans to create a sporting legacy by giving more than 300 million Chinese access to winter sports. 

"It was an excellent session this morning with many questions from the IOC members and from the International Federations. Both delegations appreciated this very much."

Earlier this month, the Evaluation Commission's report was published and it listed strengths and risks of the findings of each city giving IOC Members some time to read through it before the presentations in Lausanne.

Another innovation in the biding process, the IOC Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC Member in Russia Alexander Zhukov, delivered a report to the assembly and then took questions from the audience. This is one more new step according to the Agenda 2020 reforms. 

The vote on the 2022 host city will take place on July 31st in Kuala Lumpur at the IOC Session.


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