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2022 Olympic Games: Beijing and Almaty in final showdown

2022 Olympic Games: Beijing and Almaty in final showdown

July 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — Favourites Beijing and Almaty staged their final pleas to the International Olympic Committee today, using political and sporting heavyweights to win the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Underdog Almaty made lightly veiled attacks on China’s sprawling bid and reliance on artificial snow in its final presentation to the IOC before Beijing makes its case in the campaign for votes from the 86 IOC members who will cast secret ballots on the Games later... Read more

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Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Karim Massimov (centre) acknowledges the audience during the Almaty 2022 Presentation at the 128th International Olympic Committee Session in Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More