Beijing, Oslo and Stockholm joined Poland’s Krakow, Lviv in Ukraine and Kazakhstan’s Almaty in bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics, double the number of cities that vied for the 2018 games.
Potential hosts had to submit bids to the International Olympic Committee by midnight last night. The proposals will be assessed, finalists selected and then the host will be awarded the Games in July 2015 at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the IOC said today in an e-mailed statement.
“These cities and their supporters clearly understand the benefits that hosting the Games can have and the long lasting legacy that a Games can bring to a region,” new IOC President Thomas Bach said in the statement. “Indeed, while recent Games have left an array of sporting, social, economic and other legacies for the local population, many cities that did not go on to win the right to host the Games have also noted benefits as a result of their bids.”
The Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi will host the next winter Games in February, and the 2022 bid cities will get an opportunity to observe how an Olympics unfolds as it happens, the IOC said. The 2018 Winter Games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Earlier this year, citizens in the southern German state of Bavaria voted against a bid by Munich to host the 2022 event, two years after the city made a failed attempt to stage the 2018 edition.
The majority of voters in Munich, the Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the districts of Berchtesgadener Land and Traunstein rejected a potential bid in a referendum.