International Olympic President Thomas Bach confirmed Beijing, which hosted the Summer Games in 2008, had been chosen ahead of Almaty in Kazakshtan at the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Friday, making the Chinese city the first to host both a Summer and Winter Olympics.
In 2008, Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics; in 2022, it will try its hand at the Winter version. “Summer or Winter Games, they all represent the Olympic ideals,” former basketball star Yao Ming told reporters shortly before the choice was made. “It’s the right time, the perfect time, for the Olympics to return to Beijing.”
Organizers will have to get ready to make lots of snow in an area that has been suffering from droughts and bad air quality … since there is little snow anywhere near Beijing.