Kazakhstan competing for right to host 2022 Olympic Winter Games
Astana, Kazakhstan, Feb.9
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission led by president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov will visit Almaty, Kazakhstan on Feb.9, said a message from the organizing committee of the event.
Almaty is bidding for the Winter Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games for the second time, according to the organizing committee.
"The ideological basis of the Almaty-2022 plan is the 'Keeping it Real' concept," said the organizing committee. The Almaty-2022 project is the most efficient plan of those presented in the last 30 years.
All sports facilities are located within a radius of 30 kilometers from the Olympic Village, and Almaty is a bright modern city, situated at the foot of the mountains with the highest point of about 5,000 meters, according to the message.
"Almost 60 percent of the required facilities have already been constructed and this can be a model for the future concepts for the Games," said the message. "Almost 80 percent of the infrastructure for the forthcoming Games will be ready by 2017 for holding the Winter Universiade in Almaty."
Moreover, the holding of the Winter Olympic Games in Almaty in 2022 will be an ecological project since there will be minimal demand for construction of Olympic facilities and transport infrastructure (for example, high-speed trains) and the environmental impact of the preparation process for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be negligible, the organizing committee said.
"At the same time, Kazakhstan's population is ethnically and culturally diverse," said the message. "Representatives of over 100 nationalities and 40 confessions live in Almaty and the cultural program presents this unique conglomerate of national identity to the participants and spectators of the Winter Olympics."
Edited by SI