Beijing Emerges As Frontrunner To Host 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing's bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

Ready for another Olympics, Beijingers? This city’s joint bid with Zhangjiakou (in neighboring Hebei province) for the 2022 Winter Games has come a long way since it was announced last November. Back then, we called Beijing’s chances “slim,” but look what’s happened in the months since:

Krakow, Poland: WITHDRAWN, just yesterday

Stockholm, Sweden: WITHDRAWN in January

Oslo, Norway: falling apart

Lviv, Ukraine: dealing with more important things

Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky also notes that citizens in Munich, Germany and Davos/St. Moritz, Switzerland have rejected the Olympics, and concludes:

With the Sochi games raising the bar to an absurd $51 billion, hosting the Olympics no longer looks like a winning proposition. The failed and aborted 2022 candidacies all have one thing in common: When actual citizens are allowed to have a say, they say they don’t want the Olympics.

That’s not completely accurate. Citizens in China do want the Games, from what I can tell — because tourism and general nationalism (the 21st century belongs to this country, you might have heard) – and they just might get it because everyone else is either too jaded by the International Olympic Committee to play its game or too poor and can’t afford to.

Of the six cities that submitted bids, only two are left. What’s another few billion dollars for Beijing after the $40 billion this country spent for the 2008 Games?

Of course, there is one final obstacle: that other standing, strong bid, from Almaty, Kazakhstan. “It will not be a big budget,” says Andrey Kryukov, executive board member of the Kazakh Olympic Committee.

Your choice, IOC.

Check out pictures of sad former Winter Olympic venues here. Stay strong, luge track:

Abandoned Winter Olympic venues

(Top image credit Kevin Reitz)

One Response to “Beijing Emerges As Frontrunner To Host 2022 Winter Olympics”

  1. name

    How about hosting ALL future Olympics in Beijing?
    - They have the facilities, which shouldn’t be wasted;
    - They proved they can manage the Games well;
    - The Games seems to be making Chinese folks much happier than people in hosting cities abroad;
    - Those who aren’t happy they can avoid the Olympics and enjoy the forced holiday period;
    - It would avoid corruption, waste and destruction caused by building a whole set of venues somewhere every 2 years.
    But no international torch relay this time.
    So: great idea or the greatest idea?

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