Beijing announced as host of 2022 Winter Olympic Games

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Beijing is to become the first ever city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, after being awarded the right to host the 2022 Winter Games. The decision was announced at a ceremony in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Friday. Beijing was vying with the Kazakh city of Almaty for the right to host the games. The decision was voted on by some 85 members of the 100-strong IOC, with Beijing winning with 44 votes to Almaty’s 40, with one abstention. Beijing already proved its Olympic credentials when it successfully hosted the 2008 Summer Games.