ROC President Alexander Zhukov heads IOC evaluation commission to select 2022 Winter Games capital

President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov heads the International Olympic Committee (IOC) evaluation commission to select 2022 Winter Games capital.

Members of this commission will be announced later, in July 2014. Also Zhukov, who has been a member of the IOC since 2013 became, became a member of the Sport for All commission, chaired by Sam Ramsamy from South Africa.

“The fact that I have become the chairman of the commission  to select 2022 Winter Games capital was a little surprising for me. I was involved in the Sochi 2014 bidding process from the very beginning and I know that feeling of excitement experienced by the representatives of the candidate cities, when they meet with the Commission to select the Games capital. It is very honorable for me, but at the same time it’s a very demanding job. Now we will take a look at the applications of the candidate cities and meet with the organizing committees of the bid committees. I will try to manage everything, given that I’m going to take part in the IOC Sport for all commission –  Alexander Zhukov commented on his appointment.

IOC was accepting official bids to host the XXIV Olympic Winter Games until November 14, 2013. Now five applications are fighting for the title of capital of the 2022 Olympic Games: Alma- Ata (Kazakhstan), Oslo (Norway) , Lviv (Ukraine), as well as two joint bids from Beijing and Zhangjiakou (China), Krakow (Poland) and Jasna (Slovakia).

At the beginning of 2014, Stockholm (Sweden) refused to struggle for the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The city to host the XXIV Olympic Winter Games  will be announced at an IOC session in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in summer 2015.

Some other members of the Russian Olympic Committee also joined the IOC commissions.

Vitaly Smirnov, Honorary president of the ROC, will work in the International relations commission. Shamil Tarpishchev became a member of the Relations Commission and of the Sport and Environment Commission.

Four-time Olympic champion swimmer, Alexander Popov, is most widely represented in the IOC commissions. He still heads the IOC Coordination Commission for the II Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. Popov has also became a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, a member of the Coordination Commission for the XXXI Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, a member of the Commission for the III Youth Olympic Winter Games to be held in 2020 and a member of the Marketing Commission.