17 February 2015
Almaty 2022 Organizing Committee showed its main assets to the IOC Evaluation Commission
The Organizing Committee of Almaty Olympic Winter Games 2022 candidate city considers compactness to be the main asset of their bid. It complies with one of the requirements of the Agenda 2020, adopted at the IOC Session in December. The presentation of the Almaty bid was shown to the members of the IOC Evaluation Commission headed by ROC President Alexander Zhukov on Monday.
In order to make 2022 Games more affordable and compact, the Organizing Committee decided to abandon the idea of moving some of the events to Astana, the capital city over 1,200 kilometres from Almaty.
“I can tell you straight – the Olympic concept of Almaty 2022 is All in one city. Only Almaty,” – stressed Andrey Kryukov, Almaty 2022 Vice Chairman.
According to the organizers, all Olympic venues will be located within a 30-kilometer radius of the Olympic Village. In case the Kazakhstan’s bid wins Almaty will become the most compact Olympic capital over the past 30 years.
Eight of the 14 Olympic venues already exist, three being built irrespective of the games, since they are to be used during the 2017 Winter World Student Games.
And only three venues are to be built from scratch – the main Olympic Village, the Sunkar Bobsleigh Track and the Almaty Arena where the Figure Skating and the Short Track competitions will take place. It will, in the end, impact on the budget of the Games, which, according to Andrey Kryukov, will be minimal compared with the past Winter Olympic Games.
Organization of the Games in Almaty will become part of the Kazakhstan Strategy-2050, which aim is to improve economy, social policy and environmental protection in the country. The last, by the way, has become one of the themes mentioned by Kryukov, when answering the questions of the members of the Evaluation Commission. Almaty 2022 Vice Chairman assured that already today in the city and surroundings every effort is being made to improve the environmental situation. In particular, special emphasis is placed on calling on the motorists to use a higher grade fuel.
On Sunday members of the Commission visited the Tabagan cluster, which includes the Cross-Country Skiing and Freestyle Center in Tau-Park, where Alpine Skiing competitions are planned to be held. Also sports officials inspected the Ak Bulak ski resort, where Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing competitions can be held.
This sporting venue is a great training center, that has been built especially for the 2011 Asian Games. It is planned to become one of the major venues of the 2017 Universiade in two years. The only concern raised by the members of the Commission was the quality of the asphalt layer of the road leading to Ak Bulak. However, the representatives of the Organizing Committee assured that the new highway will be constructed by 2017.
Venues inspection will continue until Wednesday. A Press Conference on the results of this visit will be given on Wednesday as well.
The Commission will visit the second Candidate city – Beijing – on March 24. The 2022 host city will be announced at the IOC session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 31, 2015.