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Almaty, Kazakhstan makes hard-hitting last pitch for 2022 Winter Games hosting rights

  • A woman reacts as she watches the Olympic vote in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee on Friday. (AP Photo/ Pavel Mikheyev)

    A woman reacts as she watches the Olympic vote in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee on Friday. (AP Photo/ Pavel Mikheyev)  (The Associated Press)

  • People react while watching the Olympic vote in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee on Friday. (AP Photo/ Pavel Mikheyev)

    People react while watching the Olympic vote in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee on Friday. (AP Photo/ Pavel Mikheyev)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man reacts while listening to the announcement on the Olympic vote in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee on Friday. (AP Photo/ Pavel Mikheyev)

    A man reacts while listening to the announcement on the Olympic vote in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee on Friday. (AP Photo/ Pavel Mikheyev)  (The Associated Press)

Almaty has pleaded with International Olympic Committee members to not consider them a "risky" choice to host the 2022 Winter Games simply because the central Asian country of Kazakhstan is not familiar to many of them.

In a hard-hitting speech Friday during its final presentation, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov says "there were no fabrications about our compact venue plan, our travel times or our accommodation resources," an indirect criticism of Beijing's extravagant proposals and greater distances between venues.

Almaty's venues are all within a 30-kilometer (18-mile) radius of the city.

IOC members were to vote later Friday after Beijing made its final presentation.

Bid vice chairman Andrey Kryukov says an Olympics in Almaty would ensure "a return to simplicity, like the Winter Games used to be."