POSTED: July 31st 2015

Updated: Beijing, China wins the gold medal to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games

The Beijing 2022 delegation with NBA star Yao Ming (right) were overjoyed / IOC Ubald Ruter
The Beijing 2022 delegation with NBA star Yao Ming (right) were overjoyed / IOC Ubald Ruter

IOC President Bach opens the envelope / IOC Ubald Ruter
IOC President Bach opens the envelope / IOC Ubald Ruter

The Great Wall of China / Bigstock
The Great Wall of China / Bigstock


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(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has chosen the city of Beijing to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in a vote at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After a long bid battle, Beijing has beat out Almaty with 44-40 votes for the right to host the 2022 Olympics. There was one abstention vote.

Beijing 2022 bid was full of exciting and enticing ideas and plans that won over the IOC. Now, everyone can look forward to enjoying winter sport being held at the base of the iconic Great Wall of China, experiencing China's rich history, natural beauty of snow venues Yanqing and Zhangjiakou, and taking in a once in a lifetime sporting event.

Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, provided opening remarks at the press conference for Beijing 2022 - the winning bid for the XXIV Winter Olympiad.  He said "Congratulations to Beijing for this historic result in this election because from today on Beijing will be the first city in the Olympics history to organize both the Olympic Summer and 14 years later Olympic Winter Games. 

"I think Beijing has, in the two years of this competition, left an excellent impression on the IOC members and also the international federations.  I think that today the presentation was very important to show how Beijing is addressing the Olympic Agenda 2020.  I think they have a focus very much on the youth showing that with these Olympic Winter Games, 300 million people - and most of them young people - can have access to winter sport and to a winter sport center in the north of China.  I think this was very well presented, and maybe this made the little difference [in the vote].

"Therefore we also must congratulate Almaty for their great presentation and exceptional effort... coming so close shows how excellent both bids were.  This was really a wonderful competition in a great spirit of fair play.  Congratulations to Beijing.  Congratulations China."  

The Beijing delegation comprised of sports officials and senior government, including Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing and President of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee; Zhang Haidi, Chairperson of China Disabled Persons' Federation; and Liu Peng, Minister of Sport and President of the Chinese Olympic Committee. Also, an influential panel of Beijing 2022 Bid Ambassadors and top Chinese athletes, including Yao Ming and Li Nina also joined the Beijing 2022 team. The high-level delegation had put on a passionate final presentation to the IOC before they made their final decision. 

The Beijing 2022 bid committee issued a statement: "We are honoured and humbled by the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to award Beijing the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. It is with an incredible sense of excitement that we express our thanks to the IOC and the wider Olympic Movement.

"Just as with the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, the Olympic Family has put its faith in Beijing again to deliver the athlete-centred, sustainable and economical Games we have promised. This will be a memorable event at the foot of the Great Wall for the whole Olympic Family, the athletes and the spectators that will further enhance the tremendous potential to grow winter sports in our country, in Asia and around the world.

"We would like to congratulate Almaty 2022 for their campaign. We wish to thank once again all the Chinese people and people around the world who have supported Beijing 2022 in this extraordinary Bid journey. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our devoted athlete Ambassadors, experts and all who contributed to this victory."

The Bird's Nest will once again play host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games. The genuine global destination will offer visitors efficient transport, diverse gastronomy, endless entertainment, and world-class accommodation. The IOC has chosen the ideal host city for the 2022 Winter Games.

Beijing 2022 will follow the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. 

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