IOC President Thomas Bach said that Almaty was a strong candidate for the 2022 Olympic Games

“The application of the capital of Kazakhstan looks very competitive – he said on Sunday at the press conference in Almaty after exploring the capital of Kazakhstan. – Taking into account its infrastructure and rich sports traditions Almaty has significant chances.”

On Sunday, the head of the IOC together with the Mayor of Almaty Akhmetzhan Yesimov visited a number of sports facilities, including the high-mountain skating rink Medeu, the Sunkar International Ski Jumping Complex and the Chymbulak ski resort.

Thomas Bach considers the concept of the Games in Almaty original also because it is based on traditions, on the heritage of two major winter sporting events and on the extensive infrastructure.

The head of the IOC emphasized that he did not want to ‘inflate’ Games and to make them ‘too complicated for the organizers’. According to him, the committee is actively working on the logistics, and the results will be ready by December. Thomas Bach said that the discussions about excessive costs of the Olympic Winter Games were caused by a certain ‘lack of understanding of the issue’.

“Obviously, there was some misunderstanding about these costs. The actual costs of the Winter Games are the same for Vancouver and for Sochi and both organizing committees have made a profit as a result”, – he said.

He also noted that high costs of the Sochi Games have been associated with the need to create a sports infrastructure and to develop the region as a whole, and that ‘required some investment’.

He also added that in the case of Almaty, the costs will be significantly lower. “The situation here is quite different: it is a modern city with a well-developed telecommunications infrastructure and sports facilities”, – said the head of the IOC.

In 2011 Almaty hosted the Asian Winter Games and in 2017 the Winter Universiade will take place here.