Almaty offers traditional winter setting in 2022 Olympic bid – Houston Chronicle

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) – Instead of grand talk about how the Olympics will break new ground by going to a majority-Muslim country for the first time, or by making their first visit to Central Asia, Almaty’s bid for the 2022 Winter Games is about tradition.After a backlash against Sochi’s $50 billion Winter Olympic extravaganza last year, the onus is on Almaty and its rival for the 2022 Games – Beijing – to show how they would host the games without big budgets and huge construction projects.For Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, that means taking venues from its Soviet sporting past, fixing them up and adding some Olympic glamor. The jewel in Almaty’s crown is the Medeu ice rink.

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