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Almaty's Olympic Bid

On July 31, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is due to announce the city that will host the Winter Olympic Games in 2022. Either Almaty or Beijing will be chosen. Almaty has already started its preparations for the 2017 Winter Universiade.

Currently two ice stadiums and a students' village are being built in the city. If the IOC chooses Almaty to host the games, Kazakhstan plans to use the Universiade stadiums and the village, as well as sports complexes built for the 2011 Asian Games, for events at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The photo gallery was prepared by RFE/RL Almaty correspondents Balzhan Baltasheva and Ruslan Medelbek.

The students' village that is being built for the 2017 Winter Universiade is expected to be used for hosting athletes during the 2022 Winter Olympics if Almaty is chosen. 
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The students' village that is being built for the 2017 Winter Universiade is expected to be used for hosting athletes during the 2022 Winter Olympics if Almaty is chosen. 

Some 4,000 athletes and personnel from the countries participating in the 2017 Universiade will be accommodated in the village. 
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Some 4,000 athletes and personnel from the countries participating in the 2017 Universiade will be accommodated in the village. 

A new ice-hockey stadium is being built in Almaty's Alatau District. The stadium will be able to hold 12,000 spectators.   
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A new ice-hockey stadium is being built in Almaty's Alatau District. The stadium will be able to hold 12,000 spectators. 

 

Some $169 million has been allocated for the construction of the new ice-hockey stadium in Almaty's Alatau District
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Some $169 million has been allocated for the construction of the new ice-hockey stadium in Almaty's Alatau District

If all goes to plan, the construction of the new ice-hockey stadium will be finished by November 2016. 
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If all goes to plan, the construction of the new ice-hockey stadium will be finished by November 2016. 

The new ice stadium in Alatau District and the athletes' village are being built in close proximity to each other.
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The new ice stadium in Alatau District and the athletes' village are being built in close proximity to each other.

The new ice-hockey stadium will look like this after it is constructed. 
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The new ice-hockey stadium will look like this after it is constructed. 

Another new ice stadium with a projected capacity of up to 3,000 spectators is also being built in Almaty's Medeu District. The facility will host skating and curling competitions. 
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Another new ice stadium with a projected capacity of up to 3,000 spectators is also being built in Almaty's Medeu District. The facility will host skating and curling competitions. 

Some $86 million has been allocated for the construction of the new ice stadium in Almaty's Medeu District
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Some $86 million has been allocated for the construction of the new ice stadium in Almaty's Medeu District

The new ice stadium in Almaty's Medeu District is already in an advanced state of construction. 
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The new ice stadium in Almaty's Medeu District is already in an advanced state of construction. 

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The current state of the construction of the new ice stadium in Almaty's Medeu District for 3,000 spectators.
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The current state of the construction of the new ice stadium in Almaty's Medeu District for 3,000 spectators.

The new Medeu ice stadium should be completed by November 2016.
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The new Medeu ice stadium should be completed by November 2016.

The Medeu stadium is expected to look like this after the construction is completed.
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The Medeu stadium is expected to look like this after the construction is completed.

If Almaty is selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, skiing and biathlon contests will held at the Aqbulaq sports complex, which was built for the 2011 Asia Games. 
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If Almaty is selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, skiing and biathlon contests will held at the Aqbulaq sports complex, which was built for the 2011 Asia Games. 

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