Beijing was selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on July 31st, 2015.
This announcement took place at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, making Beijing the first city to ever host both the summer and winter games.
Almaty, Kazakhstan, was also considered to host these Winter Olympic Games. However, the IOC declared that Almaty was “a lesser-known quantity,” and that holding the Winter Olympic Games there would be risky.
Beijing defeated Almaty in a vote of the International Olympic Committee, and it was actually a strong favorite when it came to the votes, despite the fact that the city lacks winter conditions.
Disregarding the lack of these winter conditions, however, the International Olympic Committee still chose Beijing as the host because of its great commercial opportunities for winter sports, especially because Northern China is home to more than 300 million people.
What’s ironic about all of this however is, that both of these cities were very unlikely to host the Winter Olympic Games when the 2022 bid race opened two years ago. Nonetheless, they remained the last two candidates in the race when four other European cities opted out for political or financial reasons.
China’s venues in which the Winter Olympic Games would take place greatly rely on man-made snow. This was one of the bid’s main weaknesses when Beijing was being considered, but the Chinese bid leaders insisted that they have the right equipment for snowmaking, and that this equipment will be ideal for the athletes.