According to US News and World Report on Friday, Beijing was selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. This makes the Chinese city the first ever to host both the summer and winter games. The results were close considering Almaty, Kazakhstan was behind by four votes. The tally between the two was 44 to 40 during the proceedings of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Beijing was a host to the Summer Olympics back in 2008.
Apparently, Beijing was seen as a “strong favorite”, regardless of it lacking natural snow. It was a secret vote conducted on paper as a method of selecting which city would be host to the winter games. The previous method of electronic voting lead to technical problems via hand held tablet devices.
The decision was mostly based upon the “populous” between the countries and the Chinese city was thought to be a less risky choice than Almaty. Interestingly enough, Almaty has venues with natural snow and it was likely thought that the unchosen country’s “Keeping it Real” slogan would keep its conditions true to the nature of the Winter Olympics. With its high mountains and natural snow one may figure that country was a real shoe-in, however, Beijing is confident in having enough resources to create the artificial snow they need for their events.
As for the choice of the Chinese capital as the venue, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov pleaded to the IOC to be “brave” and allow their votes to go to his country. This was a plea given by the Prime Minister that was at the last minute.