Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

FOR STORY OLYMPICS 2022 BID - FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2014 file photo, a worker walks past an ice rink with the logo for Beijing's Winter Olympics bid ahead of a countdown event to the new year in front of the iconic Beijing National Stadium "Bird's Nest" in Beijing. The International Olympic Committee will be faced with two starkly different choices, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan , when it selects the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games.

Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee on Friday. The voting numbers were not immediately released.

The Chinese capital, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, came in as the favorite. Despite a lack of natural snow and winter conditions, Beijing was seen by the IOC as a reliable and safe choice.

Almaty had hoped to bring the games to Central Asia for the first time and raise Kazakhstan’s profile on the international stage.

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