31 Jul '15, 10am

Olympics: Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics

KUALA LUMPUR - The Chinese city of Beijing has emerged victorious in the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday. It won a secret ballot of IOC members at the Kuala Lumpur convention centre, beating Kazakhstan's Almaty, which had hoped to bring the Games to Central Asia for the first time. Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Olympics, will become the first city to stage both summer and winter Games. Six cities were originally in the race to follow 2018 hosts Pyeongchang in South Korea. But after Russia spent more than US$51 billion (S$70 billion) to stage the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the European cities of Oslo, Stockholm, Krakow and Lviv all withdrew because of cost fears and local politics. Beijing said it will spend US$3.06 billion to organise the 24th Winter Games. That does not include an estimated US$5 billion...

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