Please Give Kazakhstan the Winter Olympics

Price has become both an ethical and an existential issue for the IOC

First place in price.

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On February 4, 2022, the winter Olympics will begin, but it's up to the International Olympic Committee to decide where the opening ceremonies will take place. The options have been narrowed down to Beijing, China, or Almaty, Kazakhstan -- not an ideal choice. Both cities are located in autocracies with bitter humanrights records, while one country, China, has a chronic, hazardous smog problem that peaks during the mostly snow-less winter months. It's hard to see how the final vote, scheduled for a July 30 meeting of the IOC in tropical Kuala Lumpur, will be anything but a damper.

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