Beijing gets the Olympics? Didn’t that already happen in 2008? Yes, it did and it’s going to happen again! The surprising announcement that will have the world going back to Beijing for the biggest sporting event in the world has been confirmed. According to the Los Angeles Times on Friday, the International Olympic Committee announced that Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
The news has some people questioning why the city has gotten two bids for the international sporting events. Apparently it comes down to finding a location willing to pay for such a big event. The IOC had two possible places for the games and voted between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. It ended up that Beijing was the choice the committee found to be the best.
The New York Times reported on Friday that the decision is one of the strangest in Olympic history. The International Olympic Committee decided on the location with the vote being 40 votes for Almaty and 44 votes for Beijing. The voting reflects how the committee also was conflicted about returning the Olympics to a location that held the Olympics once before.
Is it going to be a great location for the Olympics? People are already suggesting that the snow making machines will be out in full force and human rights groups are outraged at the decision. However, the fans of the Olympics are intrigued to see what will happen. The 2008 Olympics were successful and it’s likely Beijing will once again impress the world.