KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia and ALMATY, Kazakhstan, July 31, 2015 /CNW/ - Almaty 2022 Vice Chairman, Mr Andrey Kryukov, today expressed his pride in the hard work that the Almaty 2022 Bid Committee accomplished during its two-year campaign for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Mr Kryukov thanked the members of the International Olympic Committee and their friends in the International Federations and corporate sponsors for their encouragement, guidance and support throughout the bidding process.
Following the election of Beijing as the Host City of the 2022 Games, Mr Kryukov said:
«We extend our congratulations to Beijing on their successful bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. China has played a significant role in the development of sport in Asia and we know that they will deliver a great Games».
«While we are disappointed, we are also grateful to the IOC for giving us the opportunity to present our vision to the world. We prepared for many years to deliver our robust and unique bid, and learned a great deal from the entire process».
«I am extremely proud of the hard work accomplished by our team, and I have no doubt that after seeing and hearing about our real venues, beautiful mountains, diverse culture and vibrant, cosmopolitan city the entire world now knows exactly what we mean by 'Keeping it Real'».
«Consistent with our long-term winter sports develop plan, we will continue to develop our city into a winter sports hub for all of Central Asia. Our region will continue to benefit from our city's abundance of winter sports venues and we remain committed to bringing major events to our city. Sport is a key element of our country's long-term strategy and we will continue to encourage our young people to participate in sport».
«I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the all the members of the Almaty 2022 team and people of Kazakhstan for their inspiring passion, enthusiasm and constant support. Without them we would not have been able to take our bid all the way to the final stage of the bidding process».
«By bidding for the Winter Games we showed the world the amazing progress that Kazakhstan has made since its independence. This alone is a major victory for our country».
SOURCE Almaty 2022 Candidate city