BEIJING (AP) -- IOC evaluators are beginning a five-day inspection tour of Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics in a key test of the city's status as a front-runner in the competition for hosting rights.
The 19-member Evaluation Commission is visiting Beijing's sites for hockey, skating and curling Tuesday, along with the iconic Bird's Nest stadium. Later in the week, they'll check proposed skiing and sliding venues further outside the city.
Beijing is competing against Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Most of Beijing's proposed venues are left over from the 2008 Summer Olympics, allowing cost savings in keeping with the IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020 goals for a more frugal games.
Beijing plans to spend $3.9 billion on infrastructure and operations, a tiny fraction of the $51 billion spent by Russia on the 2014 Sochi Games.