(ATR) In a close vote at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing is elected as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Delegation from Beijing celebrates at the 128th IOC Session (Getty Images)
The result of the voting was 44 to 40, Almaty, Kazakhstan losing to the Chinese capital.
The choice of Beijing is termed historic and safe by IOC president Thomas Bach, but the seven years between the IOC election and the hosting of the games always has some twists and turns.
Beijing will become the first city to host the Games in both winter and summer.
NBA basketball star Yao Ming and other Olympians made appearances during Beijing's final presentation to the IOC Session.
Reporting from Kuala Lumpur, Around the Rings
Editor Ed Hula, who has covered a dozen host city elections since 1990, weighs in on the 2022 Olympic host vote and the road ahead for Beijing 2022.
Written and produced by Nicole Bennett
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