Economic efficiency and sustainable development were the key themes of Almaty and Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Books

The pace of the 2022 Olympic bid competition has increased after the two remaining members of the competition (Alma-Ata and Beijing) had submitted candidate applications.

Benefit and cost-effectiveness of the Games were emphasized in the Bid Books of both cities, sent to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lausanne. Each Bid Committee drew attention to the key issues and put forward proposals concerning the Olympic capital.

According to the insidethegames.com web portal, after cost overruns for the Sochi 2014 Games many representatives of the Olympic Movement are concerned that the same thing could happen with the two remaining bids to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games – Beijing’s and Almaty’s, which are supported by the wealth of resources. Asian participants in the bidding process are increasingly focusing on economic efficiency, sustainability and sensitivity to changes in the economy.

Almaty’s vision stated in the bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games is to provide the most easy to use and cost-effective Games plan  for 30 years. It is noteworthy that all the Olympic venues are located within a 30-kilometer radius of the Olympic Village.

“Almaty 2022 promises a return to a responsible, sensible games model by adapting the 2022 Winter Games to fit the city and its long-term needs, not altering the city with unnecessary infrastructure to fit the games,” it said.

Responding to the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, approved by the IOC Session held in Monaco in December, representatives of Almaty said that they hoped they would manage to conduct more affordable Games that would leave  a lasting legacy for years to come.

Fourteen competition venues were stated in Almaty’s plan. However,  Almaty will only have to build three of them by 2020, since Eight  venues are ready to stage top-class sport events, while three arenas are currently under construction and  will be constructed for the Winter Universiade in 2017.

Almaty plans to split the venues between the city and the mountain clusters. The   city cluster will consist of the Olympic town, the Central cluster and Sunkar International Ski Jumping Complex. The Mountain cluster will be divided into three clusters – Medeo, Tabagan and Akbulak.

“We are aimed at consideration of the reasonableness of our bid,” – said a member of the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan Executive Board Andrey Kryukov. – The Olympic Agenda 2020 has expanded the  opportunities of holding the Winter Games, and now more cities can afford to host this event and hold them at the  highest level in accordance with the Olympic requirements. In our plan we pay special attention to the correspondence of sporting  facilities to international standards and we strive to make them popular among residents of Almaty and Kazakhstan in the years ahead.”

Chinese representatives also promised to “deliver an edition of athletes-centered, economical and sustainable games” as Beijing is aiming to become the first city to stage both the summer and winter games.

Candidature files of Beijing 2022 consists of three parts, divided into 14 topics and considers 192 detailed issues. In addition, it includes recommendations to the IOC regarding the organization of the Olympic Winter Games, including the whole concept, their vision, the plan for the construction of Olympic facilities, as well as the transportation system plan, the work of the media and the security service.

“Our candidature file embodies the requirements of the IOC and the philosophy of Olympic Agenda 2020,” said Wang Anshun, President of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee and Mayor of Beijing, who had submitted their Candidature Files to IOC Head of Olympic Bid City Co-ordination Jacqueline Barrett. “The important concept of running athlete-centered, economical and sustainable games will be represented well in our bid and actual organization of the games in 2022.”