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2022 Winter Olympics finalists: Beijing, Oslo and Almaty, Kazakhstan
2022 Winter Olympics finalists: Beijing, Oslo and Almaty, Kazakhstan

The International Olympic Committee has named three cities -- the only cities still interested -- to its official list of candidates for the 2022 Winter Games. The bids of Beijing, Oslo and Almaty, Kazakhstan, were approved by the IOC's executive board. The action came months after the 2014 Sochi Games, whose organizers set a record by spending an estimated $50 billion-plus. "The executive board is confident that the future hosts of the Olympic Winter Games can break even with the Olympic Games budget," IOC President Thomas Bach said. Though the IOC contributed about $750 million to the Sochi Games, cost remains a major concern for potential...

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