2022 Winter Olympics
The XXIV Olympic Winter Games, also known as the 2022 Winter Olympics, is an event to be organized in a city selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The bidding calendar was announced by the IOC in October 2012, with the application deadline set for 14 November 2013. The IOC Executive Board will review the bids from all applicant cities in July 2014 and then select candidate cities. The host city will be elected one year later, on 31 July 2015, at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur.
On 3 October 2012, the IOC announced in a letter to the NOCs the bidding calendar for the 2022 Winter Olympics:
- 3 October 2012 - First information circular letter to NOCs
- 6 June 2013 – IOC officially invites bid applicants from NOCs and publishes the 2022 Applicant City Questionnaire
- 14 November 2013 – Deadline for NOCs to submit the name of an applicant city
- 4–6 December 2013 – Applicant city seminar at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland
- 7–23 February 2014 – Olympic Winter Games Observer Programme
- 14 March 2014 – Submission of the application file
- 8–9 July 2014 – Selection of candidate cities by the IOC Executive Board
- January 2015 – Submission of candidature files and guarantees
- February – March 2015 – IOC Evaluation Commission visits
- May–June 2015 – Evaluation Commission report
- May–June 2015 – Candidate City briefing to IOC members
- 31 July 2015 – Host city election at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
On November 15, 2013, the IOC announced the list of the six applicant cities.
Since 2011, the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of 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. On 17 August 2013, Almaty announced they were bidding for the 2022 Games.
On 5 November 2013, the Chinese Olympic Committee announced that it would submit a bid for Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, together with Zhangjiakou, a city in northwestern Hebei province. Beijing (where the indoor ice sports would take place) was the host city of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Zhangjiakou would host the outdoor snow events.
On 7 November 2013, the Polish Olympic Committee announced they submitted a bid to the IOC for the 2022 Winter Olympics, together with Jasna, a village in central Slovakia. If the bid is successful, it will be the first time either Poland or Slovakia will host the Olympics.
On 6 November 2013, the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports announced that Oslo would be submitted as the Norwegian candidate for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, after the citizens of Oslo voted in September 2013 to back the bid. Oslo last hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics, and Norway last hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. This will be Oslo's fifth bid for the Winter Olympics after bidding for the 1932, 1944 and 1968 games.
On 11 November 2013, The Swedish Olympic Committee announced they submitted a bid to the IOC for the Games. Åre, about 610 km (380 mi) from Stockholm, is scheduled to host eight of the alpine skiing events. Stockholm previously hosted the 1912 Summer Olympics, but this will be the first time the Swedish capital is bidding for the Winter Olympics.
Previously interested in bidding
- Tyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino Euroregion, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Santiago, Chile
- After an interview with then International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge during the 2012 Olympic Games in London discussions were started about how to organize Winter Olympics in the southern hemisphere for the first time. During the interview conditions in the Andes were highlighted as very suitable to stage snow sports events but a lack of existing venues for the ice sport events was identified as well.
- 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.
- 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.
- Munich, Germany
- Following the failed bid of Munich to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, plans were made for a second attempt. On 30 September 2013, Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (the German National Olympic Committee) announced its intention to submit a bid for Munich to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Olympic plans were cancelled on 10 November 2013, though, due to the outcome of referendums held in Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Bavarian districts of Berchtesgadener Land and Traunstein, where the competitions would have taken place. In each locality, a majority had voted against bidding: 51.2 percent in Munich, 51.6 percent in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 54.0 percent in Berchtesgadener Land and 59.7 percent in Traunstein. Arguments brought forth by the opponents include the high costs for hosting the Olympics, environmental issues and criticism of commercialization of sports in general and the IOC in particular.
- In order to address concerns voiced about the 2018 bid, the 2022 Games would have been located at four different places. Only Alpine Skiing and Ski Jumping competitions would have been held at Garmisch-Partenkirchen (the host city of the 1936 Winter Olympics), whilst Nordic Skiing and Biathlon events would have taken place at existing facilities at Ruhpolding, thus minimizing the land use. The Königssee bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track would have become another important venue. Indoor ice skating events and ski/snowboard half-pipe competitions would have been held at the Olympiapark in Munich, the main site of the 1972 Summer Olympics; and the Olympic Stadium would have been used for the opening and closing ceremonies.
- Queenstown, New Zealand's main winter sports centre, has toyed with the idea of bidding for hosting rights of the Winter Olympics in the past, notably a 2007 report suggesting a bid (co-hosting with Dunedin) for the 2018 games. A proposal to bring the games to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in 2022, to be jointly held in Queenstown and Christchurch, has been mooted by a private group, but does not have general support among the country's Olympians and is seen as unlikely to proceed.
- 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. Instead of bidding for 2022, Brașov's mayor, George Scripcaru, announced in November 2013 that Brasov will be bidding to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics. (olympic.org)
- Barcelona, Spain
- Barcelona (the host city of the 1992 Summer Olympics) considered a bid for the 2022 Olympics, but on 25 October 2013, mayor Xavier Trias announced that "the conditions" would not exist yet. Instead, one "must concentrate to reach the Olympic target by 2026." On 13 January 2010, then mayor of Barcelona Jordi Hereu had first announced plans to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The proposed "two cluster system" would have seen the Games being shared with La Molina, a ski resort in the Pyrenees. Indoor sports (as well as the opening, closing and medal ceremonies) would have taken place in Barcelona.
- Zaragoza, Spain
- The Zaragoza-Pyrenees 2022 bid was withdrawn on 7 November 2011 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. However Sweden has applied with Stockholm as main city, with more arenas and hotels already available, therefore lower cost.
- 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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XXIV Olympic Winter Games (2022)