Beijing to stage 2022 Winter Olympics, Lausanne awarded Youth Olympic Games in 2020
31 July 2015 / 12:19
Beijing will become the first ever city to host the summer and winter Olympics.
The Chinese capital will host the Winter Games in 2022 after defeating only rival Almaty by 44 votes to 40 at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur.
The bid promised to use many of the facilities used for the 2008 Olympics, with the opening and closing ceremonies again staged in the iconic Bird's Nest stadium.
The Games will be divided between the capital and the city of Zhangjiakou - which is 118 miles north-west of Beijing and will host the snow events.
“We are honoured and humbled by the IOC decision to award Beijing the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," said a Beijing 2022 statement.
"It is with an incredible sense of excitement that we express our thanks to the IOC and the wider Olympic Movement.
“Just as with the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, the Olympic Family has put its faith in Beijing again to deliver the athlete-centred, sustainable and economical Games we have promised.
"This will be a memorable event at the foot of the Great Wall for the whole Olympic Family, the athletes and the spectators that will further enhance the tremendous potential to grow winter sports in our country, in Asia and around the world."
Meanwhile, IOC officials have selected Lausanne to stage the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2020.
The Swiss home of the IOC headquarters defeated Brasov in Romania by 71 votes to ten.
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