Beijing serious about Winter Olympics bid




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BEIJING  |   2015-02-13 18:33:19


Beijing serious about

Winter Olympics bid


By Li Laifang and Wu Mengda



Beijing is pushing ahead with its 2022 Winter Olympics bid with preparations from pollution mitigation to infrastructure construction.

“The bid by Beijing and co-host Zhangjiakou has entered its sprint phase,” said Zhang Jiandong, Beijing vice mayor and vice president of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Bid Committee.

Zhangjiakou, in Hebei Province, is about 200 km northwest of Beijing.

A high speed railway line between Beijing and Zhangjiakou is expected to start construction this year, which will cut the travel time between the two cities from more than three hours to about 50 minutes.

The committee will “mobilize all positive factors and do its best [...] to make the members of the International Olympic Committee [IOC] feel Beijing is the right choice,” he said on Friday of February 13.

The Beijing municipal legislature on Friday passed a resolution to fully support the bid and urged the city government to closely coordinate with Hebei Province.

Beijing handed over its official bid to the IOC last month.

In March, an IOC evaluation delegation will arrive in Beijing. The other city in the running, Almaty in Kazakhstan, will be evaluated in February.

After the successful 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese public are very supportive of this new bid. About 95 percent of Chinese support the country’s bid, according to a survey of 32 cities last year.

Despite Beijing’s experience with big sports events, the public’s support and its existing facilities, air pollution remains an issue.

Beijing has experienced bouts of smog in spring and winter over the past three years.

However, the city’s PM2.5 density fell 4 percent last year, and it aims to see this drop by a further 5 percent this year. The city plans to close 300 polluting factories and invest 10.8 billion yuan (1.7 billion U.S. dollars) in air pollution projects.

Beijing, a city of more than 21 million people, has begun to relocate its non-essential functions, such as low-end manufacturing, wholesale markets and certain institutions.

Hebei will also cut pollution by slashing its excessive iron and steel, glass and cement capacities.

On Tuesday, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games Bid Committee named six promotion ambassadors, including former NBA star Yao Ming, and former figure skating world champions Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo.

IOC members will cast their votes on July 31, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.








ALMATY  |  2015-02-16 08:15:16


IOC inspectors “amazed” every day,

says Almaty 2022 vice chairman


By Gao Peng


The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) evaluation commission continued on Sunday of February 15 its inspection of the Almaty 2022 Winter Games bid.

In the morning, the commission were briefed on the themes of accommodation, transportation and media facilities, as well as proposed venues, before they visited five different venues in the City Cluster. These included the Ice Palace, a venue being built for the 2017 Winter Universiade that would serve as the main ice hockey venue in 2022, as well the Central Stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies would take place and the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, a multi-purpose facility which would serve as a secondary location for ice hockey.

The IOC inspectors also visited the Medals Plaza site as well as the Sunkar Precinct in which ski jumping, nordic combined and sliding sports would all be held.

Almaty 2022 vice chairman Andrey Kryukov told an evening press briefing that the IOC delegation led by Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov was being “amazed every day”, highlighting the “absolutely excellent venues” in the bid plan.

“I’m encouraged by the feedback so far and impressed by the extremely constructive and supportive style of how the IOC carry out this visit,” said Kryukov.

“Day two was fantastic.

“I am very pleased with Almaty’s second day of its first-ever IOC Evaluation Commission visit.”

Inspections are due to continue Monday, with the IOC set to visit a series of venues, including the Shymbulak Ski Hills.

Following the conclusion of the visit on Wednesday of February 18, the commission will visit Beijing from March 24 to 28 before a final decision is scheduled to be made at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31.








BEIJING  |   2015-02-16 11:58:53


2022 bid inspires more Chinese

to join in winter sports, vice premier


By Zhu Feng


Beijing’s bid for the Winter Olympics is a springboard for hundreds of millions of Chinese to join in sports on ice and snow, Chinese vice premier Liu Yandong said on Sunday of February 15 .

During her visit to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee, Liu said the bid will not only spread the Olympic spirit but also popularize winter sports in the country which is striving to be a bona fide world sports power.

The vice premier noted the bid will help promote service sectors such as fitness, leisure, culture and tourism and improve environment in north China.

Beijing submitted its official bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in January and an IOC evaluation delegation is set to arrive in Beijing next month. The only other competing city – Almaty in Kazakhstan – is being evaluated.

The Chinese capital will co-host the Games with Zhangjiakou, a Hebei province city some 200 kilometers northwest of Beijing.

The standing committee of the People’s Congress in both cities have voted unanimously to support the Olympic bid.







ALMATY  |   2015-02-18 22:49:18


Almaty capable of hosting Winter Games,

says IOC chief inspector


By Gao Peng


The head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) evaluation commission wrapped up on Wednesday of February 18 its five-day visit to assess Almaty’s 2022 Olympic bid on a positive note for the Kazak city.

Speaking at a news conference before the close of their five- day inspection tour, Russian IOC member Alexander Zhukov said that “our visit has confirmed that Almaty is capable of holding successful Games in 2022.”

“It has been a very productive and informative visit,” he added.

During the past five days, the 14-member IOC evaluation commission visited Almaty’s proposed venues and met with bid and government leaders.

“The Almaty 2022 bid committee was well prepared and provided excellent presentations, explanations and clarifications. It was exactly the kind of open, honest dialogue envisioned by Agenda 2020,” said Zhukov.

“Almaty has spectacular mountains, some very impressive venues, and a real passion for winter sport.”

Zhukov refused to make comparisons between the Almaty and Beijing bids.

“The evaluation commission is strictly neutral in conducting its assessment. We don’t respond to any speculation about the two cities,” he said. “It is wrong to suggest at this stage of bidding that any of the cities has more advantages.”

Zhukov also revealed that Almaty 2022 had proposed moving downhill and Super G from Shymbulak ski resort to the Tau Park, combining them with Slalom events, in a bid to reduce costs in line with the recent reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020.

“The Almaty bid committee took full advantage of the flexibility offered by Agenda 2020 to optimize bid proposals,” he said.

“They advanced goals of sustainability, legacy and cost containment without comprising on the core requirements for the Olympic Games.”

The IOC evaluation commission will visit Beijing from March 24 to 28 before a final decision is scheduled to be made at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31.









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