Top-level Almaty 2022 delegation heads to Lausanne for the IOC Technical Presentation after encouraging IOC Evaluation Report
Almaty/Lausanne, 6 June 2015. After the encouraging report of the IOC’s Evaluation Commission launched on June 1, the bid team of Almaty 2022 is heading to Lausanne to present their technical file to the International Olympic Committee.
The IOC´s Evaluation Commission report - released last Monday - was a welcomed recognition for the Almaty 2022 bid’s plan. The report noted the relevance of the bid’s slogan, «Keeping it Real» in all aspects of the Almaty plan. The entire country, all levels of Government and the sports family of Kazakhstan back the bid.
«Kazakhstan has been pursuing our Olympic dream for many years, in fact this is our second bid for the Winter Games», said Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He added, «We have invested heavily in winter sport for the past fifteen years to increase our venue capacity and our hosting experience. In 2011, Almaty hosted The Asian Winter Games, and we will host the Winter Universiade in 2017. This is the best test of our readiness to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Almaty 2022 represents a great step forward for the people of Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region; a region that has never hosted the Olympic Games. Almaty and all of Kazakhstan are looking forward to showing the world our hospitability, diversity and uniqueness».
Almaty 2022 is captained by the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and Chairman of the Almaty 2022 Bid Committee, Mr Karim Massimov. The team also includes the Mayor of Almaty Mr Akhmetzhan Yessimov, the President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr Temirkhan Dosmukhambetov, the Minister of Culture and Sport Mr Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, the Vice Minister of Culture and Sport, Mr Saken Mussaibekov, the Vice Chairman of Almaty 2022 Bid Mr Andrey Kryukov, the Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee Mr Timur Dossymbetov, Sochi 2014 Olympic medalist Mr Denis Ten and recently appointed IOC Athletes Entourage Committee Member and Chairwoman of the Olympic Council of Asia Women and Sports Commission Ms Natalya Sipovich.
Mr Andrey Kryukov, Vice Chairman of Almaty 2022 Bid Committee commented «We are on the final stretch of this exciting race. The successful visit of the Evaluation Commission in February was accompanied by incredible winter weather and lots of fresh, pure snow. We worked hard to improve the concept based on the recommendations we received from Chairman Zhukov and his great team and reduced our operational budget by over half a million dollars to improve our already excellent plan. And this plan is what we will present to the IOC membership and the representatives of the International Federation on June 9».
He added, «We know we have a great offer for the Olympic Movement – the most efficient and convenient Winter Games concept in over thirty years. 70% of our venues are ready today and 80 % will be ready by 2017 for the Universiade. Almaty is a safe choice in terms of venues and infrastructure. We feel like a team in the hockey final of the Olympics now, fully concentrated, motivated and very much looking forward to present our wonderful city and the nature surrounding it to the IOC membership».
The Almaty 2022 team is further inspired by the recent appointment of Bid Committee Member Ms Natalya Sipovich to the IOC Athletes Entourage Committee.
Ms Natalya Sipovich, Member of Almaty 2022 Bid Committee: «I am honored by this appointment and can assure the IOC and the Olympic Athletes of my full commitment to contribute to the important work of the Commission. As well as being an honor for me it is an honor for my nation. Kazakhstan is a sporting nation committed to the ideals of the Olympic Movement. We applaud the Agenda 2020 initiatives and are committed to follow the IOC’s lead on these matters».
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Ms Zhuldyz Baimagambet
Almaty 2022 Candidate city
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