High level delegations from China and Kazakhstan are in Kuala Lumpur where the International Olympic Committee will hold a secret ballot on Friday to decide between the two rivals.

The Games are guaranteed to go to Asia for the second time in a row after 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. But Almaty has been gaining ground in recent weeks against the Chinese capital which has been considered overwhelming favourite for several months.
Beijing has thrown its heavyweight lobbying power into securing the Games, highlighting its successful staging of the 2008 summer Olympics and its deep pockets.
China is considered a safe bet. And if it wins, Beijing will become the first city to host the summer and winter Olympics. President Xi Jinping has said that holding the 2022 games 'ignite the passion' for winter sports among a new generation of Chinese.
Almaty played on China's lack of snow with its 'Keeping it Real' slogan that impressed IOC members who went on an inspection visit in June.  "There are two bids in the contest. China are favourites but they can still be beaten," said one IOC member, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"We have two excellent candidates," IOC president Thomas Bach said last week on a visit to Moscow. "The choice will not be easy." The race for the 2022 Winter Olympics has changed
dramatically in the past year.

The IOC executive is also to give its rubber stamp backing to the recognition of South Sudan as a member, which will be formally voted by the IOC full session on August 2.


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