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Rogge reveals Kazakhstan's 2022 Winter Olympics dream

2011-02-01 09:21:00 Astana-Almaty 2011

Astana, Kazakhstan, January 31, 2011: International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge informed the OCA Executive Board meeting in Astana on Monday morning that Kazakhstan would be bidding to host the Winter Olympics in 2022.

“It is my pleasure to say that, after discussions with the Kazakhstan government, they have expressed a strong wish to be a contender for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games here in this beautiful city,” said Dr. Rogge.

“This is what they are aiming for. The decision will be made in 2015 and we would like to congratulate them.”

Dr Rogge complimented the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan and the organising committee of the 7th Asian Winter Games and said he felt sure they would be a “great” Winter Games.

With the unpredictable climate, he also said the fact that Kazakhstan was blessed with snow and ice was reassuring and important, and that the indoor and outdoor venues were very good.
After addressing the meeting, the IOC President – dressed in casual attire as opposed to the more formal suit and tie of the occasion – left for Astana airport to fly to Almaty and attend the biathlon competition, where he said he would need more suitable, warmer clothes.

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