The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously agreed today that Oslo, Norway, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing, China would progress from the Applicant City Phase to the Candidate City Phase in the bid to host the Olympic Winter Games 2022.
Oslo is focusing its bid on youth and building on the great legacy of the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer 1994. It hopes to inspire the population to embrace a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Almaty wants the city to become a sports, tourism and convention hub in Central Asia. With a population of 1.4 million, Almaty was Kazakhstan’s capital until 1997 and remains the country’s largest city.
Beijing is seeking to provide an extended legacy for venues built for the Olympic Games 2008. It wants to create a winter sports center for China and use the Winter Games to act as a catalyst for the further development of the tourism and winter sports industry. If Beijing is awarded the 2022 Games, it will become the first city to host both the Winter and Summer Olympics.
The technical assessment was based on venues, transportation, accommodation and security. The 2022 Winter Olympics host city will be chosen in July 2015. Review the full IOC report.