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Beijing touts experience, facilities in 2022 Olympic bid

In this photo taken Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, ski instructors perform on the slopes of the Chongli ski resort in Hebei province where the Nordic skiing, ski jumping, and other outdoor Olympic events are proposed to be held for Beijing's 2022 bid.  Beijing has marketed its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics as the reliable choice, despite concerns about a lack of natural snow, notoriously bad air pollution and warnings about the government’s treatment of political dissidents and minority groups. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing has marketed its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics as the reliable choice, despite concerns about a lack of natural snow, notoriously bad air pollution and warnings about the government’s treatment of political dissidents and minority groups.

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Beijing faces Almaty in IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics

FOR STORY OLYMPICS 2022 BID - In this Dec. 26, 2014 file photo, a worker walks past an ice rink with the logo for Beijing's Winter Olympics bid ahead of a countdown event to the new year in front of the iconic Beijing National Stadium "Bird's Nest" in Beijing. The International Olympic Committee will be faced with two starkly different choices, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan , when it selects the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

The world’s most populous nation against a new kid on the block. A global capital that hosted an Olympics just a few years ago against a city which many people may not be able to find on a map. A Chinese region with few big mountains and little natural snow against a former Soviet winter sports resort surrounded by towering peaks and plenty of real snow.

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FIFA asks Russia why it banned player for reaction to racism

In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 file photo, Ghanaian soccer player Emmanuel Frimpong speaks during a press conference in Athens. FIFA has asked the Russian Football Union to explain why it banned a Ghanaian footballer for two matches for his reaction to fan racism and did not sanction the alleged abusers' team. In video from Friday, July 17, 2015's Russian Premier League game, Spartak Moscow fans could be heard racially taunting FC Ufa midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong. Reacting with a finger gesture to the fans led to Frimpong being banned for two games, while Spartak escaped punishment over the latest racism incident to blight Russian football ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The RFU found no evidence of racism (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, file)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA has asked the Russian Football Union to explain the latest high-profile incident of racism that saw a Ghanaian player banned for two matches for his reaction to fan abuse and the alleged abusers’ team escape action.

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Kazakhstan’s hostility toward gays under fire

MOSCOW (AP) — A leading human rights organization has criticized Kazakhstan’s hostility toward gay people ahead of a vote to pick the host for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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