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Almaty, Beijing present 2022 Winter Games bids to IOC

Making their case: Almaty and Beijing present 2022 Winter Games bids to IOC members

Almaty, Beijing present 2022 Winter Games bids to IOC

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- With the vote less than two months away on who hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics, Kazakh and Chinese leaders are presenting their bids directly to the IOC members who will decide between two starkly different choices.

Leaders of the bids from Almaty and Beijing were making private presentations Tuesday to about 85 International Olympic Committee members at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

Each city was given 45 minutes to explain their bid plans, with another 45 minutes allotted for questions and answers.

The technical briefing could sway opinion ahead of the secret IOC ballot in Kuala Lumpur on July 31.

Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, has been considered the favorite, despite a lack of natural snow conditions. Almaty has countered by emphasizing its "real" snow and winter setting.


Updated : 2021-09-19 00:16 GMT+08:00