Almaty lost but is the talk of the town
1 August 2015
2022: Beijing has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games but it is the closeness of the vote that has everyone talking at the 128 IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur.
Beijing was expected to romp in but managed to topple its rival city Almaty by just four votes, 44 to 40.
Almaty in Kazakhstan is certainly looking like a host city of the future.
The Almaty 2022 Vice Chairman, Mr Andrey Kryukov, said "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."
"Consistent with our long-term winter sports development 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.
"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."
MIKE TANCRED - in Kuala Lumpur