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  • Almaty, Beijing Quietly Campaign Ahead of Olympic Host Vote -- ATRadio


    (ATR) Just a day before the vote on a 2022 Olympic host, Around the Rings editor Ed Hula says that the feeling at the 128th IOC Session is muted.

    IOC president Thomas Bach gave a substantial speech at the opening ceremony of the 128th IOC Session. (Getty Images)
    The IOC Session is underway in Kuala Lumpur, a meeting that will elect the city that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics and 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

    Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China are the only two cities vying to host the 2022 Games. Brasov, Romania and Lausanne, Switzerland are bidding to host the 2020 Winter YOG.

    Last month, delegations from Almaty and Beijing delivered key presentations to the IOC. The so-called technical briefing gave Almaty 2022 and Beijing 2022 a chance to explain how they plan to stage the Games, as well as for IOC members to ask questions to the candidates.

    The vote on a 2022 host comes late Friday afternoon in the Malaysian capital and will be followed by three more days of meetings by the nearly 100 members of the IOC.

    Written and produced by Nicole Bennett

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