China, Ukraine bid for 2022 Winter Olympics
Beijing wants to host the Olympics again, but this time it eyes the Winter Games.
China sent a nomination letter to the International Olympic Committee proposing a joint Beijing-Zhangjiakou bid for the 2022 Olympics, according to Xinhua News Agency.
The deadline for cities to bid for the 2022 Winter Games is Nov. 14. The IOC will choose the 2022 host city in July 2015.
“The China Olympic Committee believes that Beijing and Zhangjiakou have the natural conditions and infrastructure to successfully host the Winter Olympics,” the committee said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. “The bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics will further improve the development of the Chinese Olympic cause, display the comprehensive power of China and push forward the coordinated development of the economies of the two cities.”
Beijing would hold ice events. The mountain city of Zhangjiakou would host snow sports, according to the report. A railway linking the two cities -- a 40-minute ride -- will start at the end of this year.
China has never hosted a Winter Olympics. Harbin wanted to host the 2010 Olympics but did not make the list of three finalists.
Innsbruck, Austria, is the only city to have hosted two Olympics over a shorter span than the 14 years Beijing hopes for. Innsbruck hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Games. Denver was originally awarded the 1976 Olympics but pulled out in 1972.
Asia is already hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The U.S. will not bid for 2022.
Ukraine also approved a 2022 bid on Tuesday for its city of Lviv.
The only official bid for 2022 before Tuesday was from Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Germany will make a final decision whether to submit a Munich 2022 bid on Sunday, according to Reuters. If it bids, Munich would -- like Beijing -- be looking to become the first city to host a Winter and Summer Olympics.