2022 Winter Olympics
The XXIV Olympic Winter Games, or the 2022 Winter Olympics, is an event to be organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The host city will be elected on July 31, 2015 at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur. The bidding calendar was announced by the IOC in October 2012, with the application deadline set for November 14, 2013. Many cities are now exploring the possibility of bidding.
On October 3, 2012, the IOC announced in a letter to the NOCs the bidding calendar for the 2022 Winter Olympics:
- October 2012 - First information circular letter to NOCs
- March 14, 2014 – Application Files Due
- July 2014 – Candidate City Selection by the IOC Executive Board
- January 2015 – Submission of candidature files and guarantees
- February – March 2015 – Evaluation Commission Site Visits
- May–June 2015 – Evaluation Commission Report Released
- May–June 2015 – Bid cities briefing, Lausanne
- July 31, 2015 – Host City election at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- In December 2012, the vice mayor of Zhangjiakou confirmed plans for a joint bid with Beijing. China last bid for the Winter Olympics in 2010, when Harbin failed to become a candidate city. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- Almaty, Kazakhstan
- Kazakhstan has been considering a bid for the 2022 games in Almaty, the former capital city and still the largest city and financial centre of the country. Kazakhstan hosted the 2011 Asian Winter Games, which can be seen as preparation for hosting the Winter Olympic Games in the future. The Asian Winter Games were divided between Astana, the capital since 1997, and Almaty. On 29 November 2011, Almaty was chosen to host the 2017 Winter Universiade.
- Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- After the anouncment that Sarajevo will host the 2017 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival, President of Party of Better Future of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SBB BiH), Fahrudin Radončić said that Bosnia and Herzegovina will apply for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Sarajevo. Sarajevo previously hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics when it was part of Yugoslavia.
- Nice, France
- After the failure by Nice to secure the French nomination for the 2018 Olympics, the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, announced in 2011 and again during the 2012 Summer Games that his city was still interested in bidding. The French Olympic Committee will make a decision after they get an autumn report about the failure of previous Olympic bids by France, but the president of the Committee also said that the probability of bidding for 2022 is weak.
- Munich, Germany
- Munich, which hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1972, bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but lost to Pyeongchang. The German Olympic Sports Federation decided in its board meeting on 13 July 2011 to investigate without time pressure the circumstances under which a future Olympic bid is useful. A future bid will only be submitted if it has solid sporting, economic, political and social foundations. However, Munich's Olympic Park director, Ralph Huber, requested another bid to host the Winter Games in Munich a few days later. In September 2011, Thomas Bach, who chairs the German Olympic Sports Federation, said that Munich will bid again for the Winter Olympics. He did not confirm a specific 2022 bid, however. During its 7th annual session on 3 December 2011, the German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB) made a decision to currently not bid for the hosting of Olympic Games. However, this decision is subject to change for the purpose of a bid as early as for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB) will decide after all parameters have been carefully evaluated. As of April 2012, it was reported that there was once again interest in a 2022 or 2026 Winter Olympics bid. A referendum on the bid is planned to be held on 10 November 2013.
- Oslo, Norway
- Gerhard Heiberg, IOC member from Norway, has announced that the IOC would welcome a bid from Norway to host the Winter Olympic Games. Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics, and the area Stavanger-Bergen-Voss are also considered contenders. Lillehammer will host the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics. Inge Andersen, General Secretary of Norway's National Olympic Committee, considers a Norwegian bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics more realistic than a bid for the 2022 Games. In June 2012, the Oslo City Council voted in favor of funding a bid for the games. A referendum on the bid is planned to be held on 9 September 2013.
- During and after the successfully organized FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011, the organizers at Oslo as well as the Norwegian Olympic Committee took in consideration a bid to host any Olympic Winter Games in Oslo in the future. In October 2011, all the winter-related sports federations of Norway decided to support the Olympic Games in Oslo. The alpine events were originally planned to be in Hafjell (200 km from Oslo) and Kvitfjell (240 km from Oslo), both venues during the 1994 Winter Olympics hosted in Lillehammer. However, FIS track designer Bernhard Russi has visited Norefjell (130 km from Oslo) already to find a suitable terrain for a new downhill track. Norefjell hosted the Alpine events during the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo. In November 2011, it was stated that the city as well as Parliament were "positive" towards a potential 2022 bid. In October 2011, Sverre Seeberg, who heads the Norwegian Ski Association, voiced his support for a potential bid. A recent poll shows that 58% of respondents supported bringing the games to Oslo. In March 2013 the city government estimated the costs to 30 billion NOK ($5.2 billion). They've announced a referendum coinciding with the parliament election September 9 where the citizens of Oslo will have their say in whether they are for or against a bid.
- During a sports facility opening ceremony, Polish President Lech Kaczyński announced on 6 March 2010 that he would like his country to be a candidate for 2022 Winter Olympic Games. A month later, on 10 April 2010, he died in a tragic plane crash, which killed 96 people including him, his wife, and the President of the Polish Olympic Committee. Although most snow sport events can be held in Zakopane, some alpine ski events would have to be held in Slovakia, where higher slopes can be found. On 19 and 20 October, Polish and Slovak NOCs with Kraków city administration had a meeting in which they agreed to submit the bid possibly in 2013 and formed an official alliance. The idea has had an initial acceptance by the Polish government. Both regions bid for the 2006 Winter Olympics, and did not make the final short list.
- The mayor of Brașov, George Scripcaru, said in September 2011 that his city would be interested to bid if the 2013 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival is a success. In 2007, former Romanian Prime Minister Călin Popescu Tăriceanu announced that the country was considering a bid for the Prahova Valley.
- Barcelona, Spain
- The mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, announced on 13 January 2010 that the city aspires to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The opening, closing and medal ceremonies and indoor sports would be held in Barcelona, while outdoor sports would be held in ski resorts in the Pyrenees. Barcelona plans to share the games with La Molina (155 km from Barcelona). Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics, and if it were to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, it will be the first city to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics. An information sheet released by the Barcelona City council recommended a two cluster system for a potential Barcelona 2022 Olympic Winter Games bid. Madrid is currently bidding for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
- The Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK) has expressed plans to submit an application for the 2022 Winter Olympics and the 2022 Winter Paralympics in the capital Stockholm. The alpine skiing events will be held in Åre in northern Sweden. SOK has the support of the Swedish Sports Organization for the Disabled and Swedish Paralympic Committee and the Swedish Sports Confederation. Some people has expressed that the distance between Stockholm and Åre is too far, about 500 kilometres. Åre has three times before applied for the games together with nearby city of Östersund, but have been turned down all times. Östersund was also interested in a potential 2022 bid, but the Swedish Olympic Committee decided not to move forward with bidding due to a lack of financial guarantees from the government. Östersund is probably also too small to host the Olympic Games. Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Minister for Culture and Sports, has said that she finds it difficult to see a future Olympic games in Sweden. The president of the Swedish Olympic Committee Stefan Lindeberg thinks that Stockholm's size is perfect for the Winter Olympics and says the city already has the most of what is needed. According to calculations, a Swedish Olympic Games will costs approximately 15–20 billion SEK (€ 1.7–2.3 billion).
- On 27 May 2010, President Viktor Yanukovych stated during a visit to Lviv that Ukraine "will start working on the official nomination of our country as the holder of the Winter Olympic Games in Carpathians". Ukraine's only previous experience in hosting Olympic events was during the 1980 Summer Olympics hosted by Moscow, when, as part of the Soviet Union, several association football matches were held in Kiev. Lviv was one of the host cities for UEFA Euro 2012. In September 2012, the government of Ukraine passed the document about the technical-economic substantiation of the national project "Olympic hope - 2022". This was announced by Vladyslav Kaskiv, the head of Ukraine´s Derzhinvestproekt (State investment project). The organizers announced on their website venue plans including Lviv as the host city and location for the "ice sport" venues, Volovets (around 185 km from Lviv) as venue for the Alpine skiing competitions and Pylypets (around 135 km from Lviv) as venue for all other "snow sport" competitions. By March 2013 no other preparations then the feasibility study had been approved.
Previously interested in bidding
- Euroregion Tyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino, Austria/Italy
- The former parts of the County of Tyrol Tyrol in Austria, South Tyrol and Trentino in Italy were considering a joint bid as the Euroregion Tyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino for the 2022 Olympics. The capital of Tyrol, Innsbruck, has already hosted Olympic Winter Games twice, in 1964 and 1976 as well as the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics. However, the common legislative assembly of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino rejected the proposal during its session on 30 March 2011.
- Quebec City, Canada
- Quebec City initially expressed interest in bidding. In September 2011, Quebec City mayor Régis Labeaume ruled out bidding for 2022. However, the city may bid for another Winter Games in the future. IOC President Jacques Rogge stated that he believes that the 2026 Winter Olympics would be a realistic option for the city to organize the games. Quebec has a problem finding a mountain for the downhill event, as the planned location Le Massif was not approved
- During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Jouko Purontakanen, the Secretary General of the Finland Olympic Committee, said Finland could host the games alone in Tahko, Kuopio, and Helsinki if the project for artificial heightening of the Tahko hill progresses. Stefan Wallin, Finland's Minister for Culture and Sports, has also suggested that Finland should bid for the 2022 games with other Nordic countries after Finland's NOC discusses with them in Vancouver. Nothing followed from these suggestions: the heightening of Tahko hill did not progress since 2010 due to environmental concerns, and no Nordic countries indicated an interest to bid with Finland since the discussions in Vancouver.
- The Zaragoza-Pyrenees 2022 bid was withdrawn and left Barcelona as sole candidate from Spain to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Officials insisted that Barcelona never regarded Zaragoza as "a rival, but rather the opposite. Both of us championed the Pyrenees brand in our projects and that's why I believe Aragon will also benefit if Barcelona goes ahead with this bid, because it will have a positive effect on the whole Pyrenees".
- Östersund, Sweden
- Östersund was interested in a potential 2022 bid, but the Swedish Olympic committee decided not to move forward with bidding due to a lack of financial guarantees from the government.
- The SOC chairman said that future applications were unlikely because of the government policy.
- The intention to bid was approved in November 2010. On 24 January 2011, the Swiss Olympic Association, announced that five areas across Switzerland had shown interest in bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics: Geneva, Valais, Graubünden, Lucerne/Central Switzerland and Berne. After a withdrawal from Central Switzerland, the Swiss Olympic Association received four bids by 31 March 2011 deadline. The executive committee of the Swiss Olympic Association decided on 11 August 2011 to put forward a bid of the St.Moritz/Davos-area to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
- St. Moritz/Davos presented a project that will host all events in the surrounding area of Davos and St. Moritz; generally speaking, "ice events" in Davos and "snow events" in St. Moritz. However, Davos has a hosting tradition in Cross-country skiing and Snowboarding, and so one would expect Davos venues for those competitions. After the decision on 11 August 2011 a feasibility study for the Games was announced including the possibility to extend ice events to Zurich. The organizers decided during a session on 22 December 2011 to go forward with "St. Moritz 2022" as the official corporate name of the bid. However at a plebiscite in Graubünden about the bid on 3 March 2013, the public voted with 41'758 to 37'540 votes (52.66% to 47.43%)  against a credit for the 2022 Olympic Games, meaning that the bid will have to be dropped.
- Multiple cities in the United States such as Bozeman, Denver, Reno, and Salt Lake City expressed interest in bidding for the 2022 Games, but the USOC is opting to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics or the 2026 Winter Olympics.
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