Beijing wins bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opted for the reliable choice on Friday, awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics to the city that hosted an “exceptional” Games in 2008 and promises to do even better this time.

Beijing won 44 nods against Almaty’s 40 in the IOC voting with one abstention, becoming the first ever city to host both summer and winter Olympics.

The Chinese capital and its co-bidder Zhangjiakou erupted with joy as IOC President Thomas Bach announced the winner in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.

Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated China’s passion for the Games in a video speech played during Beijing’s final presentation to the IOC members early in the afternoon.

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