Olympic Bid Power Index for 2022 - Weak Field or Field of Dreams?
(Atlanta) – With just three months remaining until the 2022 Winter Games host city is chosen in Kuala Lumpur, two cities once considered longshots are the only ones remaining in the race.
The second Around the Rings Olympic Bid Power Index for 2022 will be released Monday, April 20, for subscribers only. The Index assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the two – Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing, China – and finds that there may yet be some fire in this contest, with the Kazakh candidate leading the host of the 2008 Summer Games 71 to 66 out of a possible 100 points.
Compiled by ATR staff who have traveled to these cities, the Olympic Bid Power Index is the only ranking of its kind. It evaluates the candidates on a range of criteria from ambience to weather; a perfect score totals 100. Almaty and Beijing both have a ways to go to get close to that number.
“When we published our first Power Bid Index for 2022 13 months ago, there were five cities vying for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Today there are just two remaining. While that makes the comparisons a bit easier to determine, it could be one of the weakest fields for the Winter Olympics in many years,” says ATR editor Ed Hula.
The Index will be the subject of the first half of the Around the Rings Newsmaker Breakfast at the SportAccord Convention World Sport and Business Summit in Sochi, Russia. The Breakfast is scheduled for 9 am Wednesday. IOC sports director Kit McConnell will be featured in the second half of the event, where he will discuss changes driven by Agenda 2020 and the selection process for new sports.
The final Olympic Bid Power Index will be published in June. The 2022 host city will be decided at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur this coming July.
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