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Beijing, Almaty, Oslo shortlisted for 2022 Winter Games

IOC announced Beijing, Oslo and Almaty will contest the race to win the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Photo: AFP/ File

Beijing, Oslo and Almaty will contest the race to win the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Monday.

Much as I am tempted to see the fuss over Ved Pratap Vaidik’s posturing as a warning against busybodies and meddlers, wholesale condemnation of what is known as Track Two diplomacy might be unfair.

There is considerable speculation about when the Planning Commission will be reconstituted and who will occupy the largest room in Yojana Bhavan.