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Almaty Considers 2018 Winter Games Bid

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Although Almaty's bid for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games failed to make the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) shortlist, the largest city in Kazakhstan is now considering a bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Vladimir Smirnov, deputy head of the national ski federation, said an official bid from Almaty will go ahead if the government lends its support, reports the Associated Press.

Almaty is hosting the 2011 Asian Winter Games with the capital city of Astana and is now rebuilding its Medeu ice-skating rink and the Shymbulak ski resort in preparation for the Asian Games.

Smirnov said the Shymbulak complex will play a key role in any prospective Olympic bid. He said, "by 2015 Shymbulak should become one of the world's ten largest ski resorts".

The IOC is selecting the 2018 host city in 2011.

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Winter Olympic Bids Summary
Bid Status: Bid books due January, 2015
Bid Date: July 31, 2015
Bid Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Description: Almaty and Beijng are bidding for 2022 Games
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