Beijing has been awarded the rights to host the 2022 Winter Olympics during the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur. They were one of the six cities to have formally submitted their bids to host the event.
Beijing (China), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Kraków (Poland), Oslo (Norway), Lviv (Ukraine) and Stockholm (Sweden) were the six to have formally submitted their bids to host the 2022 Winter Olympics when the IOC had opened applications for the various National Olympic Committees to submit bids to host the event. When the bids were submitted back in November 2012, Oslo and Stockholm were considered favourites, while eventual finalists, Beijing and Almaty were considered as outside favourites.
However, before the final voting on the eventual host on 31st July 2015, the four European cities withdrew their applications citing lack of support, financial concerns or some disagreements with the IOC.
With only 2 candidate cities declared, the vote was schedule to take place at the 128th IOC Session, where the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics (awarded to Lausanne, Switzerland who beat Brașov, Romania 71-10) and 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing, having hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics was the experienced choice, and to the IOC, a safer set of hands to host.
The final vote was surprisingly close. Beijing won 44 votes to Almaty’s 40. There was a single vote that was abstained.
Beijing is now the first city to have hosted the Summer and Winter Olympics.
As per the plan laid down by the Beijing delegation the sports will be held across 3 different venues. The breakup of the events to be hosted across the venues are
- Bird’s Nest- Opening and Closing ceremony
- Capital Indoor Stadium- Figure Skating, short track
- Wukesong Sports Centre- Main ice hockey venue
- National Indoor Stadium- Second ice hockey venue
- Water Cube- Curling
- National Speed Skating Oval- Speed Skating
- Xiaohaituo Alpine Skiing Field – Alpine Skiing
- Xiaohaituo Bobsleigh and Luge Track – Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton
- Kuyangshu Biathlon Field – Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined
- Kuyangshu Ski Jumping Field – Ski jumping, Nordic combined
- Hualindong Ski Resort – Biathlon
- Genting Ski Resort – Snowboarding (slopestyle, halfpipe), Freestyle skiing
- Taiwu Ski Resort – Snowboarding (cross), Freestyle skiing
- Wanlong Ski Resort – Snowboarding (parallel slalom)
The Chinese government will be spending a lot of money. Each Olympic costs atleast $3 billion USD to host, and this would not count the development costs. However, it would not cost as much as the 2008 Summer Olympics as some facilities already exist.
The clock starts now, as China will start its Olympic preparations in earnest.