The host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics will be decided this week in a vote of the International Olympic Committee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two candidates are Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Here’s a quick look at the election:
WHAT: Selection of host city for 2022 Winter Olympics.
WHEN: Friday, July 31.
WHERE: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
VENUE: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.
THE CANDIDATES: Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.
WHO DECIDES: The International Olympic Committee.
THE MEETING: 128th IOC session.
THE VOTE: IOC members vote by secret electronic ballot. Simple majority required for victory. With only two candidates, winner should be decided in one round. In the event of a tie, re-voting would be held. If no winner emerges, the IOC president – who normally does not vote – could cast tie-breaking vote.
HOW MANY: The IOC has 100 members, but not all will be in attendance. Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said he will not attend. Exact number of voters won’t be known until the night before the election. IOC members from bidding countries don’t vote when their city is in contention. That means China’s three members won’t vote. Kazakhstan has no IOC members.
PRESENTATIONS: Each city will make 45-minute final presentations on July 31, with additional 15 minutes for questions and answers.
THE BALLOT: Voting begins at 4:15 p.m. local time (0815 GMT).
THE OTHER VOTE: IOC members will vote at the same time on the host city for 2020 Winter Youth Olympics. The two candidates are Lausanne, Switzerland, and Brasov, Romania.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. (0930 GMT) and runs until 6 p.m. (1000 GMT). IOC President Thomas Bach will open sealed envelope and announce winner.
SIGNING CEREMONY: The host city contracts will be signed at 6:30 p.m. (1030 GMT).