Almaty 2022 Winter Olympic bid at a glance (China Daily)

People travel in cable cars above the Medeu skating oval in Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 26, 2015. Almaty, the financial capital, will go head-to-head with the Chinese capital Beijing on Friday when the International Olympic Committee elects the winner at its session in Malaysia. [Photo/Agencies]

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  РThe International Olympic Committee will vote Friday on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, choosing between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Almaty, former capital of the ex-Soviet Republic in central Asia, is making its second Olympic bid, but this is the first time it has reached the final stage.

Here’s a quick look at the Almaty bid:

Population: 1.6 million.

Previous Olympics: None.

Previous winter bids: 2014 (failed to make list of finalists).

Bid leader: Andrey Kryukov.

Venues: 10 existing or under construction.

Olympic Villages: 3.

Organizing committee budget: $1.752 billion.

Infrastructure budget: $4.5 billion, including projects not directly for Olympics.

Public Support: 85 percent in Almaty; 87 percent in Kazakhstan (IOC poll results).

Dates of games: To be determined.

Slogan: “Keeping it Real.”

People walk past a banner promoting Almaty candidate city for 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Medeu skating oval in Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 26, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

Pros: Compact “plug-and-play” layout with venues within 18-mile (30-kilometer) radius; short travel times and distances; traditional winter setting with tall mountains and plenty of natural snow; use of existing venues; relatively low costs; young, emerging country _ former Soviet republic _ looking to establish itself on world stage.

Cons: Relatively unknown to IOC members; limited experience in hosting major international sports events; no Kazakh IOC members or natural support base; uncertainty over country’s future political and economic stability beyond President Nursultan Nazarbayev; IOC concerns over potential shortage of hotel rooms; air pollution; human rights issues.

IOC evaluation report: “Almaty’s Games concept offers a compact plan that makes good use of existing venues and the natural advantages of the nearby mountains.”

Status: Still the underdog.

A skier soars through the air during training session at the Sunkar Ski Jumping complex in Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 15, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

Kazakstan’s bid team speak at a news conference about Almaty’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 29, 2015. The host city for those Olympics will be announced on Friday after a vote of International Olympic Committee members in the Malaysian capital. [Photo/Agencies]