Almaty, Kazakhstan presented its 2022 Winter Olympic bid Friday to the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) calling itself the compact and affordable alternative to Beijing, the only other city bidding for the Games.
Almaty bid committee board member Ilya Urazakov said the main Olympic Park would be 10 km from the city centre, and that all venues would be within a 35-km radius. “We are promising the most compact winter Games in the last 30 years”.
The compact bid was in contrast to Beijing, which will host Nordic events in Zhangjiakou, 160 km to the north.
Urazakov said eight of the 13 proposed venues were existing facilities, three more would be build by 2016 regardless of the outcome of the bid, and two more would be built if the bid was successful – a 12,000-seat stadium for skating events and a 3,000-seat facility for curling.
The bid includes a 10-hectare (25-acre) Olympic village, and a 5,500-bed athlete village.
Urazakov said in the presentation, “we have dedicated many resources for the development of sport since independence (from Russia in 1990), Almaty is a true mountain city. Everywhere you stand, you can see the beautiful mountain range”.
A decision on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games will be made at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 31, 2015.