Reporting from Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia – On Thursday night in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak officially opened the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) 128th all-members session – kicking off what will be a very busy Friday for cities looking to host the Olympic Games.
Olympic Council of Malaysia President and IOC Member HRH Prince Tunku Imram organized the session where the IOC will vote for their choice of host cities for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Almaty and Beijing are the only two cities vying for the 2022 Games and they will parade high-profile delegations to the stage to present their cases before the vote.
Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov, who is also the co-Chair of the Almaty 2022 bid will lead his team, and Liu Yandong, Chinese Vice Premier, will head the Beijing delegation.
At the opening ceremony IOC President Thomas Bach said “tomorrow you will elect the Host City for the Olympic Winter Games 2022. This will be the last vote on a candidature procedure which started before the approval of Olympic Agenda 2020.”
“Even more I would like to applaud both Candidate Cities, Almaty and Beijing, for having taken major recommendations into account already.
“As we saw in your presentations in Lausanne just a couple of weeks ago, your bids now reflect a strong emphasis on sustainability, legacy and feasibility.”
Members of the IOC were treated to artistic presentations headlined by the Malaysian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hometown of the Olympic movement Lausanne, Switzerland, and Brasov, Romania are candidates for the 2020 YOG.
Starting things off Friday morning Brasov, Romania will present its 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games bid at 9:00 followed by rival Lausanne at 9:30. Then it’s Almaty 2022 at 10:30 and Beijing 2022 at 11:55. The winners will be announced at a ceremony starting at 17:30.
A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.