POSTED: July 28th 2015

Almaty 2022 Bid delegation arrives in Kuala Lumpur ahead of 128th IOC Session

The athlete members of the Almaty 2022 delegation arrived at Kuala Lumpur to support their bid at the IOC session © Almaty 2022
The athlete members of the Almaty 2022 delegation arrived at Kuala Lumpur to support their bid at the IOC session © Almaty 2022

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Almaty 2022 Bid Committee's official delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, today, ahead of the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session.

Karim Massimov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Almaty 2022 Chairman leads the delegation and is joined by senior Government representatives. These agents include Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, Minister of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Temirkhan Dosmukhambetov and Kairat Boranbayev, Presidents of the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees of the Republic of Kazakhstan; and Yerlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In addition, several Almaty 2022 bid representatives and premier athletes from Kazakhstan have joined the delegation in Kuala Lumpur, including Denis Ten, Sochi 2014 Olympic medalist; Karina Uzurova, Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympian and Kazakhstan National Team Ice Dancer; Andrey Kryukov, Vice Chairman of Almaty 2022 Bid; and Natalya Sipovich, IOC Athletes Entourage Committee Member and Chairwomen of the Olympic Council of Asia Women and Sports Commission.

"It is an honor and a personal thrill for our country and our city to be here in Kuala Lumpur for the final IOC presentation. This is our second bid for the Winter Games, and we are excited to showcase the amazing progress our country has achieved to the world. The Winter Games are a perfect fit with Almaty and Kazakhstan's long-term strategy called the 'Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy,' and we can think of no better partner than the Olympic Movement to help our young nation take the next step onto the world stage," expressed Minister Mukhamediuly.

Almaty 2022 will make their final presentation to the IOC on July 31st. They will highlight the unique Games Concept behind Almaty 2022 that focuses on real winter ambience, real winter weather, and real winter sports venues. Almaty will also show that their concept best aligns with Olympic Agenda 2020.

"Almaty 2022 presents one of the most compact and efficient Games Concepts in over 30 years. All venues will be within a 30-km radius of the Athlete's Village, and 70% of our venues already exist. Almaty wants to help make the IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020 come alive by demonstrating how a developing country can host the Winter Games sustainably and affordably," commented Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Mayor of Almaty.

Andrey Kryukov stated, "Almaty has been preparing for this moment for 15 years and we now we are ready. Almaty is a real winter sports town with a passion for winter sports that spans many decades. We are encouraged by all of the positive feedback we received since our presentation in Lausanne, and now we hope to show the IOC members that Almaty is the best option for the 2022 Winter Games."

** 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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