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Almaty outlines initial investment for 2017 Universiade

Organisers for the 2017 winter Universiade in Almaty have announced the budget for the construction of three competition venues.

The board of construction for the multi-sport event in the Kazakh city have announced an allocation of $232m (€187m) for a 12,000-seat ice rink, with $127m set aside for a smaller 3,000-capacity ice rink and $210m for the construction of the athletes’ village.

This represents a significant chunk of the $758m initially allocated by the state for the 2017 winter Universiade, with the remainder set to go towards infrastructure investment. The Tengrinews website said the total event budget is yet to be disclosed.

Board of construction spokesman Temirkhan Arymbayev stated that construction at the three locations will be completed by November 1, with all venue construction slated to be concluded in October next year.

Arymbayev added: “Also, (the) utilities network will be built as a part of neighbourhoods’ development and expansion of the city: electric power supply networks worth $47m, heat supply network worth $73m, water supply network and sewer system worth $58m. The Universiade venues will be connected to these networks. Approximately $758m will be spent on the project.”

Almaty and Beijing last week submitted their candidature files for the hosting rights to the 2022 winter Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select the host city for the 2022 Games on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.