Written by Tharushan Fernando
31 Jul, 2015 | 8:10 pm
Beijing was chosen by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2022 Winter Olympics on July 31, becoming the first city to be awarded both summer and winter games.
The Chinese capital beat Almaty, Kazakhstan in a secret ballot of 85 IOC members, held at a convention centre in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with IOC president Thomas Bach opening an envelope to announce the decision. Beijing bid officials, towered over by retired NBA player Yao Ming, celebrated the decision in the hall while people gathered outside the National Stadium in Beijing cheered and waved flags when they heard the announcement.
Despite concerns about a lack of natural snow in the city’s distant mountains, and protests from human rights groups, Beijing had been the clear favourite to win the vote after it successfully hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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