Russia's Zhukov Chosen to Chair 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Evaluation Commission

Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov has been appointed Chair of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games bid Evaluation Commission, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Tuesday.

An IOC member since 2013, Zhukov has been the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and the Minister of Finance of the USSR. He was also Chairman of the Supervisory Board for Sochi 2014 and the President of the Russian Chess Federation.

As Chair of the Commission, Zhukov will lead a team of experts who will assess the candidate bids for the 2022 Games that will be selected by the IOC Executive Board in July. The Commission’s duties include visiting the bid cities and analyzing bid documents before creating and presenting a report to the IOC members ahead of their general vote for the host on July 31, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.

Almaty, Beijing, Krakow, Lviv and Oslo have applied to host the Games.

The IOC, with Zhukov, will select the remainder of the team and announce its members in July at an Executive Board meeting in Lausanne.