Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Almaty and Beijing Showcase their 2022 Olympic Bids to IOC


Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Beijing (China), the two Candidate Cities bidding to host the Olympic Winter Games in 2022, today officially presented their candidatures to the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Presidents and Secretaries General of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations gathered at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne.(*)
Both Cities presented during 45 minutes before taking questions from the floor.
Candidate City Briefings were introduced back in 2009 to give cities the possibility to present their Olympic projects to the IOC membership a few weeks before their final presentations to the IOC Session.
Commenting on the morning session, IOC President Thomas 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".

The representatives were in Lausanne to attend the 2022 Candidate Cities Briefing. For the first time in the bidding process and as part of the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the Evaluation Commission took questions from the leading Olympic stakeholders following the presentations by the two cities.
IOC Members and representatives of the International Federations used the opportunity to engage in a very productive dialogue with the Evaluation Commission, with a range of questions posed by participants.
The Commission visited both Candidate Cities earlier this year and last week released its report. During the meeting, IOC Members praised the quality of the report, which clearly highlighted the opportunities and challenges associated with hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 2022 in both Candidate Cities.
Commenting on the afternoon session, IOC President Thomas Bach said: "We experienced another innovation this afternoon by hosting a meeting between IOC Members, representatives of the Winter IFs and the 2022 Evaluation Commission".
 "We had excellent talks and good exchanges, with over 20 questions from the floor. This shows that we are on the right track in improving the bidding process, which is already open and transparent. Today we gave a new dimension to the dialogue between IOC Members and Candidate Cities. It is a successful day for Candidate Cities, Olympic Agenda 2020 and the IOC", he concluded.
The IOC Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Winter Games 2022, chaired by IOC Member in Russia Alexander Zhukov, is due to report to IOC members and the Presidents and Secretaries General of the International Olympic Winter Federations this afternoon. It is the first time that the Evaluation Commission will report in such a forum and answer question from the audience. This follows one of the recommendations of Olympic Agenda relating to the bidding process.
The IOC has already informed the Candidate Cities that the 2022 host city can anticipate a contribution from the IOC to the success of the Games of an overall estimated value of USD 880 million.
The host city for the Olympic Winter Games 2022 will be elected at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur following a final presentation by the cities to the full IOC membership on 31 July.

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