2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing now locked at 50-50 with Almaty in 2022 Winter Olympic race, claims top Chinese official

By Nick Butler

Wei Jizhong has insisted competition between Beijing and Almaty remains fierce ©Getty ImagesWei Jizhong, one of China's top sports officials and a key advisor for the Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, has claimed the Chinese capital is now "50-50" with rival bidder Almaty to be awarded the Games.

Exclusive: Vinokourov resigns as Bid Ambassador for Almaty 2022

By Nick Butler

Alexander Vinokourov has stepped down as an ambassador for Almaty 2022 ©Getty ImagesAlexander Vinokourov, Kazakhstan's Olympic gold medal winning cyclist whose career has been dogged by doping controversies, has been removed from the list of ambassadors used by Almaty 2022 in their bid for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Almaty 2022 abandon plans to use iconic skiing venue as several changes to bid made

By Nick Butler at The Ritz-Carlton in Almaty

Shymbulak, the iconic Soviet ski resort, will no longer be used to host any events if Almaty is awarded the 2022 Olympic and Paralympics ©Vladimir Pronin/Almaty 2022Scrapping plans to hold Alpine skiing events at Shymbolak Resort are among several changes to Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics revealed here today as the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Evaluation Commission came to an end. 

Having Prime Minister leading Almaty 2022 campaign outlines "100 per cent" Governmental support, Kazakh officials claim

By Nick Butler at the InterContinental in Almaty

Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov is the chair of the Almaty 2022 Bid Committee ©WikipediaOverriding Governmental support for Almaty's 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic campaign has been demonstrated by the appointment of Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov as bid leader, officials claimed here today.

IOC confirm no 2022 bid presentations will take place at SportAccord Convention

By Nick Butler at the InterContinental in Almaty 

Neither of the candidates in the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic race will present during the SportAccord Convention ©Almaty 2022/Beijing 2022There will be no bid presentations from either Almaty or Beijing, the two candidates in the race for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, during April's SportAccord Convention in what marks a break from previous campaigns, insidethegames has been told.

Almaty 2022 admit they may rethink plans to install permanent roof at iconic ice rink

By Nick Butler at the InterContinental in Almaty

Changes may be made to plans to build a permanent roof on the Medeu Ice Arena ©FISUAlmaty 2022 are yet to confirm plans to insert a permanent roof on the iconic mountainside Medeu Ice Rink, vowing instead to wait and listen to the advice of both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the general public.

Almaty 2022 defends use of former doping cheat as Bid Ambassador

By Nick Butler at the InterContinental in Almaty

Almaty 2022 vice-president Andrey Kryukov (right) defended the use of a former doping cheat as a Bid Ambassador ©Almaty 2022Almaty 2022 has today defended the use of Alexander Vinokourov, the cyclist who served a two-year ban after being caught blood doping during the 2007 Tour de France, as an Ambassador for the bid, while also reiterating commitments to human rights following alleged abuse in Kazakhstan. 

Astana ruled out as co-host of 2022 Winter Olympics as Almaty present "most compact" bid for 30 years

By Nick Butler at the InterContinental in Almaty

Inspections from the IOC Evaluation Commission began in Almaty today ©Almaty 2022Almaty 2022 attempted to convince the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission today that their bid perfectly conforms with the Agenda 2020 reform process and that it blends sustainability and affordability with a strong legacy.

Almaty 2022 hail importance for "entire region" as IOC Evaluation Commission inspection set to begin

By Nick Butler at the InterContinental in Almaty

The IOC Evaluation Commission has arrived at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Almaty for five days of inspection visits ©KazTourismAlmaty 2022 vice-president Andrey Kryukov has hailed the importance of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Evaluation Commission visit to Kazakhstan, a crucial moment in the city's bid to host the Winter Games. 
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