Beijing passes Winter Olympics test

 

 

 

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BEIJING  |   2015-03-30 15:44:52

 

Beijing passes

Winter Olympics test

 

By Lin Deren

 

 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission has just completed their visit to Beijing, which is bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics with Zhangjiakou, and is pleased with what they found.

“It was clear that you embraced the spirit and goals of Olympic Agenda 2020. Our visit confirms that Beijing is capable of hosting a successful 2022 Olympic Winter Games,” said Alexander Zhukov, the chief of the evaluation commission. “This week, you have presented your concept for 2022 in a very considered and collaborative way.”

“The great passion that exists here for the Olympic Games has been inspiring. For this reason I am sure that – regardless of the outcome in July – your ambitious plans for the future of Beijing and the development of winter sport in your country will be realised,” he added.

During the past five days, the 19-member IOC evaluation commission visited venues in the Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou clusters that make up the city’s bid plan to host the Games, and examined the 14 themes of the IOC’s candidature questionnaire, which include topics such as vision, legacy and engagement, transportation, accommodation, finance and sustainability.

Beijing is in a two-horse race with Almaty, Kazakhstan, following the withdrawal of a number of bidders. On paper, the odds seem stacked in favor of Beijing.

Beijing has developed an athlete-centred, sustainable and economical Games concept, which is in line with the latest IOC reforms, and the Chinese capital will capitalize on the legacies of the successful Beijing 2008 Summer Games, including existing venues, city’s well-developed infrastructure and experience of hosting major international events.

The Beijing 2022 Bid Committee confirmed that the key infrastructure required to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is already in place, supported by the region’s status as a modern world-class destination for tourism and business with a strong experience in hosting international events.

The three-zone plan will see Beijing host opening and closing ceremonies as well as all ice sports while Yanqing and Zhangjiakou will host snow competitions.

Each zone will also offer a unique and rich experience to the athletes, Olympic family and fans, with Beijing boasting exceptional history, culture and entertainment of a popular international tourism destination, while Yanqing and Zhangjiakou offering a natural beauty paired with stunning views of the Great Wall which serves as a unique setting for snow competitions.

Beijing’s quick and efficient transportation, world-class hotels, cosmopolitan cuisine and spectacular sightseeing will provide a truly joyful Games experience where spectators would be able to enjoy winter sports scenery and the drive of a modern cosmopolitan city all in one day.

Beijing has plans to host both the International Broadcast Center (IBC) and Main Press Center (MPC) within the China National Convention Center (CNCC), which was the IBC for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Without the need for additional construction or alteration, the CNCC already fully meets the IOC’s space and technical requirements.

Yanqing and Zhangjiakou will feature their own dedicated Mountain Media Centres, with these environmentally-friendly temporary facilities set to be dismantled and removed after the Games. Both centers will be located within a walking distance from the venues.

China is dedicated to establishing a fully all-year-round sports culture and developing its huge winter sports market potential by encouraging public participation.

In this way, Beijing 2022 will also help promote healthy lifestyle across China. Beijing 2022 will directly contribute to creating approximately 600,000 additional jobs within the plan to develop sport, culture and tourism in the region, and provide a significant boost to the development of China’s winter sports industry.

All Beijing 2022 snow venues will remain a legacy for the Olympic Movement worldwide and will continue to serve as both domestic and international competition and training venues, while the on-going development of leisure skiing tourism in the area is also expected to be significantly boosted by the Games.

“The Beijing 2022 Bid Committee will follow the guidance provided by the IOC Evaluation Commission to further strengthen our plan for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and we guarantee that all commitments that were made in the Candidature File and during the past week of the visit will be fully met,” said Guo Jinlong, Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Beijing Municipal Committee.

“All the Bid plans are embedded in our region’s long-term development plans and China’s stable economy means that all investments will be guaranteed. We are looking for a win-win benefit for the Olympic Movement and China.”

The IOC Evaluation Commission will on June 1 release a comprehensive assessment report following their visits to Beijing and Almaty, earlier this year. The IOC will announce the host city on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi (left) meets with International Olympic Committee (IOC)

President Thomas Bach in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 30, 2015.

Photo by Ling Xin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SHANGHAI  |  2015-03-29 12:38:00

 

Skating chief believes in

Beijing’s capability

as Winter Olympics host

 

By Li Jia

 

 

International Skating Union chief Ottavio Cinquanta has praised China’s work on the world figure skating championships and hailed Beijing’s capability to host the Winter Olympic Games.

“From Shanghai’s good organizing of the world championships, I don’t doubt Beijing’s capability,” he said as the championships closed on Saturday, the same day when International Olympic Committee’s evaluation commission wrapped up their inspection of Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Winter Games.

“The world championships in Shanghai are impressive, and all the preparation was very good,” said the skating boss. “I want to say thank you to Shanghai and China for holding such a good world championships.”

“I can’t say it is perfect, but I will give it a very high score,” he added.

Ren Hongguo, China’s winter sports chief, told Xinhua that the successful world championships had a positive impact on the IOC evaluation.

“The ISU spoke highly of the organization of the Shanghai championships,” he said.

“Cinquanta told me that he had been worried before the championships as China had never held such a major figure skating event before. But he is very satisfied now, saying it is one of the best world championships he has seen.

“The opening ceremony and the competition are wonderful. The IOC evaluation commission could see it through TV broadcast. Timing is good.”

China won a silver and a bronze at the worlds, both from the pairs. Sui Wenjing/Han Cong were second while veteran pair Pang Qing/Tong Jian finished third.

It was the 16th and the last world championships for Pang/Tong, both 35, as they made a retirement announcement in Shanghai.

The pair had already retired after finishing fourth at the 2014 Sochi Games, but decided to return for the event on home soil.

Young Chinese pair Sui Wenjing/Han Cong expect Beijing to win the Winter Olympics bid. “Of course I want to compete the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing,” Han said.

Chinese skater Yan Han said he wants to compete in 2022 if Beijing wins the bid.

Non-Chinese skaters also expressed their anticipation for a Winter Games in Beijing.

“I think Beijing can hold the Winter Olympic Games very well as they have already hosted an amazing Summer Olympic Games,” said Hungary’s ice dance skater Adam Lukacs.

Japan’s reigning Olympic champion Yuzaru Hanyu said: “Beijing is very close to Japan, so it is convenient for me.”

Aizhan Madumarova is a photographer from Kazakhstan’s Tengrinews who enjoyed her first trip to China.

“It is my first time in China, and everything is great. The shuttle bus is exactly on time and all the staff are professional and helpful,” the Kazak said.

“The atmosphere is a big surprise, and I met audience from Japan, Canada, the United States, and other countries.”

Talking about Almaty’s 2022 bid against Beijing, the Kazak native seemed not so affirmative, saying: “It will cost a lot of money for Almaty to host an Olympic Games because we need to build a lot of venues.”

 

 

 

 

 

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BEIJING  |  March 28, 2015

 

Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee Press conference is held at the end of

the IOC’s visit to inspect Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics bid in Beijing on March 28, 2015.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select the host city between Beijing and

Almaty, Kazakhstan, on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   Photo by Gong Lei

 

Wang Anshun, Beijing mayor and president of Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid

Committee, speaks during the Beijing 2022 Committee Press conference at the end of the

IOC’s visit to inspect Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics bid in Beijing on March 28, 2015.

Photo by Gong Lei

 

Liu Peng, minister of the General Administration of Sport of China and president of the

Chinese Olympic Committee, speaks during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid

Committee Press conference at the end of the IOC’s visit to inspect Beijing’s 2022 Winter

Olympics bid in Beijing on March 28, 2015.   Photo by Gong Lei


The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee attend the closing ceremony of

presentations for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission

in Beijing on March 28, 2015.   Photo by Gong Lei

 

The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee and the Evaluation Commission of

the International Olympic Committee (IOC) attend the closing ceremony of presentations for

the IOC Evaluation Commission in Beijing on March 28, 2015.   Photo by Gong Lei

 

Members of the Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

attend the closing ceremony of presentations of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Bid Committee for the IOC Evaluation Commission in Beijing on March 28, 2015.

Photo by Gong Lei

 

The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee and the Evaluation Commission of

the International Olympic Committee (IOC) attend the closing ceremony of presentations for

the IOC Evaluation Commission in Beijing on March 28, 2015.   Photo by Gong Lei

 

Delegates pose for photos during the closing ceremony of presentations of the Beijing 2022

Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee for the IOC Evaluation Commission in Beijing

on March 28, 2015.   Photo by Gong Lei

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |  2015-03-28 21:50:49

 

Beijing capable of hosting

successful Winter Games,

says IOC chief inspector

 

By Gao Peng and Wang Yong

 

 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) evaluation commission on Saturday wrapped up its five-day visit to assess Beijing’s 2022 Olympics bid on a positive note for the Chinese capital city.

Alexander Zhukov, chief of the evaluation commission, told reporters that “our visit confirms that Beijing is capable of hosting a successful Winter Games in 2022.”

“It has been an incredible, infomative and productive visit,” said the Russian IOC member, adding that he will “leave with much greater underdtanding” of Beijing’s bid.

During the past five days, the 19-member IOC evaluation commission visited venues in the Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou clusters that make up the city’s bid plan to host the Games, and examined the 14 themes of the IOC’s candidature questionnaire, which include topics such as vision, legacy and engagement, transportation, accommodation, finance and sustainability.

“Beijing 2022 presented a clear concept and good use of existing venues,” said Zhukov.

Although Beijing’s air pollution is widely considered a weak point for its Olympics bid, the IOC chief inspector tried to ease worries.

“China recognizes that air quality is still a problem,” said Zhukov, adding that “temporary measures could significantly improve air quality during the games”.

Concerns about a lack of snow in the Zhangjiakou mountain cluster that typically experience dry winters were also brushed off by the IOC inspectors.

“Basically it is cold enough and everywhere there is sufficient water,” said Zhukov.

Beijing Mayor and President of Beijing 2022 Wang Anshun said, “with regard to planning for the venues, there will be no major adjustments; we are going to make some minor adjustments if necessary.”

Beijing is competing against Almaty for the 2022 Winter Games, and if successful it will be become the first city to host both Summer and Winter Olympics.

The IOC evaluation commission will next turn to compiling its report before a final decision is scheduled to be made at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BEIJING  |  2015-03-28 13:29:28

 

Chongli‘s climate

suits snow sports

 

Wang Haoyu

 

 

 

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There are concerns that a lack of snow might hinder Chongli County from hosting the snow sports if the 2022 Winter Olympics lands on China.

Chongli, a small county in northwest Hebei province, has been listed as snow venues in Beijing’s joint bid with Zhangjiakou for the 2022 Games.

Liu Jianjun, who has been working in Chongli’s weather bureau for three decades, said the Chongli’s ski season lasts over 150 days from the end of October to the next April.

“The total annual snowfall here can reach more than one meter,” said Liu. “Chongli has a high forest coverage and an excellent ecological environment, which is beneficial for snow storage.”

Chongli had a heavy snowfall in the “World Snow Day” on January 18. For those who still worry about the alleged lack of snow, it seems they should be at ease now.

“Chongli has its own climate. Judging by the past record, even when other areas in Zhangjiakou see no snowfall, Chongli can still expect snow,” said Xing Guohui, President of Zhangjiakou Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee.

Except for adequate snowfall, the temperature and wind in Chongli are also favorable to athletes.

The average winter temperature in Chongli is minus 12 degrees centigrade, which well meets the requirement of the Winter Olympics held at no lower than minus 18 during the snow season in April, and the average wind speed measures in scale 2.

The mountain altitude in Chongli ranges from 814 meters to 2,174 meters, suitable for skiing competitions as the slope degrees are mostly between 5 to 35.

Seven international federations for winter sports have completed their fact-finding visits to Chongli last November and all agreed the county is the right place for the Winter Olympics.

“The venue is surrounded by beautiful natural environment and the air is clean. I saw the snow today and I think the storage of snow won’t be a problem for the events,” said Borut Nunar from the International Biathlon Union (IBU) after he visited the proposed biathlon site.

Chongli has built 82 skiing pistes totalling 69 kilometers long.

The four main ski resorts — Genting Resort Secret Garden, Wanlong Ski Resort Zhangjiakou, Great Wall Ridge Ski Resort and Duolemeidi Ski Resortis — are within 10 kilometers from each other.

If Beijing and Zhangjiakou can win the Olympics bid, Chongli will play host to ski jumping, snowboarding, freestyle skiing, cross country skiing, Nordic combined and biathlon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |   2015-03-28 12:51:34

 

2008 Olympics legacy

teaches Beijing

how to cut back on 2022 cost

 

By Li Jia

 

 

Beijing has vowed to deliver an economical 2022 Winter Olympic Games should it win the bid.

Wang Anshun, Beijing mayor and president of the Beijing 2022 Committee, said the Chinese capital will make a meticulous budget plan to lower cost on the condition that the Games can be staged successfully.

Based on the Agenda 2020 reforms of the IOC, Beijing presents three concepts in bid – running athletes-centered Games, ensuring sustainable development and hosting economical Games.

“Beijing will lower the cost of staging the Games through thorough marketing, proper arrangement of venues and activities on the condition that the Games can be delivered successfully,” said Wang.

The legacy from 2008 Games play an important role in hosting an economical Games.

“The legacy of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games is the biggest advantage for the 2022 bid,” said National People’s Congress member Yang Xiaochao.

Out of the 12 competition and non-competition venues in Beijing, 11 are existing venues inherited from the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

The “Water Cube” Aquatic Center and the National Indoor Stadium are planned for hosting the competitions of ice sports, including figure skating, short track speed skating, ice hockey and curling, while the “Bird Nest” will hold the opening and closing ceremonies.

New venues are planned to hold events like speedskating, biathlon, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing. They will become training bases, competition venues and be open to winter sports fans. The Olympic Village and media village will turn into hotels and condominiums.

“In the very beginning Beijing has had scientific planning for the Olympic legacy. The 2022 Games legacy will fit in the long-term project of the area,” said Wang.

Apart from the venues, the experience of holding the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and a series of international competitions will also help Beijing save time and money in holding another Olympic Games.

Wang also stressed the importance of sustainable development. “To host an economical Games we must ensure sustainable development,” he said.

Beijing views the Olympic Winter Games not only as a significant international sports event, but also a valuable opportunity to speed up the development of the host cities, the region around them and even the country.

Beijing 2022 has been included in the “National Strategy of Integrated and Coordinated Development” of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, and the long-term regional development plans.

City development will provide strong backing for the hosting of the Winter Olympics.

Changes have already taken place in Chongli, a small county about 200 kilometers from Beijing.

Chongli, famous for modern ski resorts, has attracted more than three million people to go skiing last season, including visitors from Asia, Europe and America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTARY  |  2015-03-28 13:47:05

 

Beijing’s bid concepts

in line with Olympic reforms

 

By Wang Jimin

 

 

Sustainable development, economical Games and athletes-centered Games are the key phrases in Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

These three concepts comply with the International Olympic Committee(IOC)’s 40-point reform package which was approved at the 127th IOC Session last December, and the IOC Evaluation Commission who are visiting Beijing and its co-bidder Zhangjiakou will definitely feel about it.

The 40 recommendations that make up the Olympic Agenda 2020 have drawn a road map for the Olympic movement in 15 years.

If Beijing wins the bid, China will have another chance to further contribute to the Olympic movement after hosting the “truly exceptional” Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Among the 40 resolutions, there are eye-catching ones on reducing the cost of bidding for and hosting the Games. The reforms also include a call for sustainability in all aspects of the Olympic Games and expect candidate cities to present a project that fits their sporting, economic, social and environmental needs.

The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee pay high attention to complying with these reforms, and IOC President Thomas Bach has already given them a thumbs-up.

Beijing views that the Olympic Winter Games are not only a significant international sports event, but also a valuable opportunity to speed up the development of the host cities, the region around them and even the country.

The Chinese national government and the local governments in Beijing and Zhangjiakou have included Beijing 2022 in the National Strategy of Integrated and Coordinated Development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region (National Strategy), and the long-term regional development plans, thereby facilitating the bidding and preparation for the Olympic Winter Games, the improvement of urban ecological environments and the close integration of economic development and social advancement.

Needless to say, city development will provide a strong backing for the hosting of the Winter Olympics, which will in return expedite the city development, thus establishing a model of mutual benefit and win-win development of the Olympic movement and the host cities.

Moreover, Beijing stresses an economical Games. The Bid Committee has adhered to the principles of being scientific, meticulous, prudent and feasible in the budgeting for the Games.

Emphases will be placed on integrating the Games with regional development strategy, conducting market-based fund raising, improving internal management system, and exercising strict cost control over the Games operations.

Out of the 12 competition and non-competition venues in Beijing, 11 are existing venues inherited from the Beijing 2008 Olympics. New venues will be built in line with the requirements of the Olympic Winter Games competitions, and temporary facilities and combination of permanent and temporary venues will be used wherever possible.

The 2022 Olympic Winter Games, if held in China, will not only ignite the enthusiasm of 1.3 billion Chinese for winter sports, but also become an opportunity for the world’s most populous nation to make new contributions to the Olympic movement and human civilization.

As a Chinese saying goes, “give China a chance and China will give the world a miracle in return.”

 

 

 

 

 

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BEIJING  |  March 27, 2015

 

 

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong (right) meets with Alexander Zhukov, chairman of the

19-member International Olympic Committee (IOC) evaluation commission, in Beijing

on March 27, 2015.   Photo by Meng Yongmin

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |   2015-03-27 21:21:49

 

IOC chief inspector

speaks positively about

Beijing’s 2022 Bid

 

By Gao Peng

 

 

International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief inspector Alexander Zhukov spoke positively on Friday about Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Zhukov, chairman of the 19-member IOC evaluation commission which is in Beijing assessing the city’s 2022 bid, met with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong Firday afternoon following the conclusion of presentations and site inspections. He expressed his satisfaction with their inspection visit, saying that it “has given us much deeper understanding of Beijing’s unique strength.”

Liu Yandong reiterated the full support of the Chinese government and people for the 2022 bid and said that Beijing 2022 will improve its work in accordance with the suggessions given by the IOC evaluation commission.

The IOC evaluation commission is scheduled to hold a press conference on Saturday before they depart and turn to compiling their evaluation report.

The IOC will select the host city on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |   2015-03-27 14:09:35

 

Venues introduction

in Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics bid

 

By Huang Jie

 

 

Twelve venues will be used as competition site if Beijing wins the 2022 Winter Olympics bid.

There are also three training sites and a number of non-competition venues prepared for the Games.

For the 12 competition venues, six are ready and six will be newly built. These venues are distributed in three zones — Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.

In addition to satisfying the technical requirements of competition venues, the layout of the venues in the three zones will not only alleviate the pressure on the post-Games use, but also maximally benefit the development of the Olympic winter sports in and around Beijing.

Yanqing and Zhangjiakou zones are located to the northwest of Beijing zone along the Yanshan Mountain Range and favorable in air temperature, average freeze period and snowfall as well as wind speed, making these two locations ideal for the snow sports competitions of Beijing 2022.

The National Indoor Stadium, located in the central area of the Olympic Green, will be the venue for the men’s ice hockey competitions. The venue offers 16 athletes’ locker rooms with full functions, to ensure that each team has its own. It has a seating capacity of 18,000 and 13 sponsor boxes.

The Wukesong Sports Center, located at the intersection between the extension line of the Chang’an Avenue and the West 4th Ring Road, is 19 kilometers or a 15-minute ride from the Olympic Village. It will be the venue for the women’s ice hockey competitions.

The Capital Indoor Stadium will be the venue for the short track speed skating and figure skating competitions. The venue offers 16 athletes’ locker rooms and has a seating capacity of 18,000 and 18 sponsor boxes.

The National Aquatics Center will be the venue for the curling competitions. The venue offers 20 athletes’ locker rooms and has 4,500 spectator seats, one designated VIP hall, and three sponsor boxes.

The National Speed Skating Oval will be the venue for the speed skating competitions. The venue offers 21 athletes’ locker rooms and has 12,000 spectator seats and 28 sponsor boxes.

The National Alpine Ski Center and National Sliding Center are located in the northwest of Yanqing county of Beijing, including venues for bobsled, skeleton, luge and alpine skiing. The bobsled, skeleton and luge tracks are within the National Sliding Center, which will offer a seating capacity of 2,000 and a standing capacity of 8,000. The course for alpine skiing will be in the National Alpine Ski Center, which will offer a seating capacity of 5,000 and a standing capacity of 3,500 to the spectators.

The Nordic Center and Biathlon Center, located in the east of Chongli county of Zhangjiakou, will be the venues for cross country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined and biathlon.

The venue for cross country skiing will be the Nordic Center Cross Country Venue, and the venue for ski jumping will be the Nordic Center Ski Jumping Venue. Nordic combined will take place in both of above venues.

The Genting Snow Park, located in the east of Chongli county, will be the venues for freestyle skiing and snowboard competitions.

The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest. The Beijing National Stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, athletic events, and soccer final at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The planning of all the competition venues for Beijing 2022 are completed under the guidance of the IF technical experts. These venues will not only satisfy the design standards of the IOC and the relevant IFs for competition venues, but also take into account the promotion of winter sports in Beijing and in China, creating long-lasting legacies for the future development of these sports during the planning and design stage.

Beijing 2022 has inherited the legacies of Beijing 2008 to the largest possible extent in venue planning, and made the best effort to use existing venues, in order to alleviate the financial pressure from venue construction and implement the concept of sustainable development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |  2015-03-27 21:14:04

 

Beijing 2022 outlines

tremendous commercial potential

to support IOC’s Agenda 2020 reforms

 

By Lin Deren and Wang Yong

 

 

The Beijing 2022 Bid Committee made a strong pledge to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission on Friday of March 27, highlighting the tremendous commercial potential for the Olympic Movement from Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The Beijing 2022 Bid Committee held the last day of presentations on Friday to the IOC Evaluation Commission members, ahead of the wrap-up meetings on Saturday. Beijing 2022 officials and experts briefed the IOC EC members on the remaining themes, including Paralympic Games; Legal Matters; Safety, Security and Medical Services; Government and Public Support; Finance and Marketing. The IOC Evaluation Commission members visited all proposed sites and venues for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the three Games zones on the previous days and will share their impressions of the visit at the IOC Press Conference which will be held in Beijing in the afternoon, March 28.

China’s dynamic and highly diverse economy boasts a vast consumer base and is set to continue its long-term sustainable growth by strengthening focus on efficiency and quality. The Chinese Government has confirmed the development of the country’s sports industry a main priority, setting a goal for the sector to grow to 800 billion U.S. dollars by 2025 through promoting sports businesses, developing key sport facilities and opening up an expanded sport market for consumer products and services in the sector.

In line with the government’s commitment, preparations for the Beijing 2022 Games are expected to further boost the economic development of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Sport, Culture and Tourism Belt. It has been estimated that industries such as sports, culture, tourism and leisure, conferences and exhibitions will amount to about 20 percent of the local GDP in added value by the time of the Games.

Beijing 2022′s overall marketing revenue target has been conservatively set at 858 million dollars, including 660 million dollars of sponsorship revenue. The remaining revenue will be raised through the licensing and ticketing programmes. Given the sizable market and huge growth potential, it is strongly believed to be an achievable goal with the opportunity for Beijing 2022′s marketing partners to benefit with a strong return on investment.

“We guarantee that Beijing 2022 will meet the revenue targets, secure the best returns for the IOC TOP partners, as well as national partners, ensure full stadia with amazing atmosphere, in strict respect to all the IOC’s and IPC’s marketing rules,” said Chen Feng, former deputy director of marketing of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Ticketing prospects for Beijing 2022 are also very positive and will be further fueled by the fact that the Games will coincide with the Chinese New Year festival and school holidays to ensure full stadia. In addition, Beijing 2022 has an experienced team that was involved in successful marketing programmes of the Beijing 2008 Games and has a strong understanding of both the Chinese market procedures and the marketing rules set by the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |  2015-03-27 19:47:46

 

“China speed”

for 2022 Winter Olympics

transportation

 

By Lin Deren

 

 

The joint bid of Beijing and Zhangjiakou for the 2022 Winter Olympics Games makes transportation connecting Village to venues a priority.

China now is trying to solve the connection problem with the brand “China speed”.

“Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei on the rail” is Beijing’s slogan in the transportation field for 2015. The three zones have planned to update the railway and highway infrastructure in order to speed up the inter-city traffic. There are plans for various transportation methods such as high-speed rail, inter-city highway, railway, urban road and subway.

Yanqing has started to build a highway towards Zhangjiakou, which will provide the people with another choice to travel to Chongli. More bus lines will be opened to improve public transportation in these three zones and that will be another benefit for locals from the Winter Olympics campaign.

The southern part of Beijing, which was regarded as the less-developed patch of the city, will have more roads and railways.

“The high-speed rail linking Beijing and Zhangjiakou will significantly shorten the travel time to 50 minutes. All snow sports, except Alpine Skiing, bobsleigh and luge, will be staged here. Yanqing has ideal conditions for Alpine Skiing competitions, in addition to the convenient transport services provided by the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed rail and two expressways. All the three zones are connected by an existing high standard road network. The Olympic venues are all within a 15-minute bus ride from the Olympic Village in Beijing, and a 10-minute bus ride in Zhangjiakou and a five-minute bus ride in Yanqing, all providing convenient transport for the athletes,” promised Beijing in the candidature release for 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

In a 5-year plan, Beijing is expecting to ease traffic congestion in the first year. In 2020, it will take less than one hour to travel within 50km from any part of the city to another. Beijing will continue to control the number of personal cars on road, encouraging more travel on public traffic.

“Zhangjiakou is 220km away from Beijing,” said Zhangjiakou’s official Zhang Chunsheng. “Currently there are three highways between the two cities.”

“The construction of Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway will be completed in 2017, and that would reduce the inter-city travel time a lot,” added Zhang.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics refreshed the city’s traffic infrastructure, and 10 more subway lines had been put into use after that. Currently, the city can offer traffic service for 1.39 million people per day.

Additionally, Beijing will set a series of “Olympic routes”, “Olympic buses” and “Olympics stations” during the Games.

Beijing introduces a strict criteria of “green, environmental-friendly and sustainable” in all the constructions.

The infrastructure update will not only benefit the Olympics Games, but also benefit the future of the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BEIJING  |  March 26, 2015

 

Members of the 2022 Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

inspect the Yunding ski field in Chongli County, north China’s Hebei Province, on March 26,

2015.   Photo by Gong Lei

 

Members of the 2022 Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

inspect the Yunding ski field in Chongli County, north China’s Hebei Province, on March 26,

2015.   Photo by Gong Lei

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |  2015-03-26 22:10:55

 

Beijing 2022 to boost

winter sports market

 

By Lin Deren and Wang Yong

 

 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission visited Zhangjiakou on Thursday of March 26.

Zhangjiakou is a popular skiing destination for over a decade that attracts 1.5 million people annually. With Zhangjiakou zone events set to be staged at the foot of the iconic Great Wall of China, Beijing 2022 has underlined how this stunning backdrop can best showcase Olympic and Paralympic sports to millions of fans in China and across the world.

The ‘Zhangjiakou Zone’ of Games venues will be just 50 minutes away from Beijing city by modern high-speed bullet train connection, while travel time from the Olympic Village to any Olympic venue will be within just five to 15 minutes to provide maximum convenience for athletes. It would host the snowboarding, freestyle skiing, cross-country, ski jumping, Nordic combined and biathlon events at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

With five established ski resorts successfully operating in the area and enjoying a growing number of winter sports visitors every year, Zhangjiakou is one of the key destinations which will help deliver China’s ambition to rapidly expand the winter sports industry across the country and wider region. The desire to grow of the winter sport market is underpinned by an established plan by Chinese President Xi Jinping, to attract an additional 300 million people in the country to participate in winter sports.

In a strong effort to support Olympic Agenda 2020, the planned use of existing facilities in Zhangjiakou for Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games provides significant ability to manage costs economically and limit the impact of environmental aspects. Existing international standard hotels, trails, cable-cars and reservoirs will be utilized without additional build required.

Having so many people of all ages participating in winter sports represents an unprecedented historical opportunity for the sustainability of the Olympic Movement.

While Beijing 2022 will bring the Olympic Winter Games directly to local residents, Beijing 2022 will also connect these people directly with the Olympic Movement. China is dedicated to establishing a fully all-year-round sports culture and develop China’s huge winter sports market potential by encouraging public participation in winter sports. In this way, Beijing 2022 will also help promote healthy lifestyle across China. Beijing 2022 will directly contribute to creating approximately 600,000 additional jobs within the plan to develop sport, culture and tourism in the region, as well as providing a significant boost to the development of China’s winter sports industry.

In recent years, many ski courses in the area have been approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS) with a large number of national and international ski competitions hosted, including the FIS RACE and the FIS Far East Cup ski events. Zhangjiakou is also the training and competition base of the Chinese National Ski Team, and it is experiencing increasing popularity – both for professional and leisure skiers from surrounding countries and regions.

All Beijing 2022 snow venues will remain a legacy for the Olympic Movement worldwide and will continue to serve as both domestic and international competition and training venues, while the on-going development of leisure skiers’ tourism in the area is also expected to be significantly boosted by the Games.

Beijing 2022 Games will also provide an outstanding opportunity to further promote Paralympic winter sports and to give 85 million people living with impairment in China the chance to take part in sports all-year-round.

Speaking at a media briefing this afternoon, Hou Bin, Paralympic high jump champion and Beijing 2022 Ambassador, said: “Sport and Paralympic Games completely changed my life and I couldn’t imagine to be who I am today if I didn’t have this opportunity. I witnessed life of people with disabilities in my country change to the better as a result of the Beijing 2008 Summer Games and I am convinced that hosting Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games with more opportunities to live their lives to the fullest and enjoy sports and an accessible environment all-year-round.”

The IOC Evaluation Commission members were provided with a full day of visits to proposed venues and sites in Zhangjiakou, including the popular and established Genting Secret Garden Ski Resort, which will host snowboarding and freestyle skiing. It will also host the Mountain Media Centre, which is planned as a temporary facility to be dismantled after the Games, and will include the Olympic Village, which will become a residential area once the Games are over.

The delegation visited the sites proposed for the Nordic and the Biathlon Centres, a truly unique location at the foot of the Great Wall which will provide a stunning backdrop for the Games spectators and millions of fans worldwide watching the broadcast of the Games.

Upon their return to Beijing in the evening, members of the IOC Evaluation Commission had an opportunity to visit the National Convention Centre, which successfully hosted the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in 2008 and fully complies with space, technical and location requirements to serve as the Main Media Centre during the 2022 Games.

Smooth and efficient media operations were one of the strong successes of the 2008 Games. Beijing 2022 will build on this experience to ensure broad coverage of the Games which will reach even more winter sports fans all over the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BEIJING  |   2015-03-26 09:38:15

 

Beckham believes

“incredible” 2022 Olympics

if Beijing wins bid

 

By Zhang Rongfeng

 

 

English soccer icon David Beckham endorsed Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics in his recent commercial visit to China, expecting an “incredible” 2022 Olympics if Beijing wins.

“If any country try to get an Olympic Games, it means their passion about hosting something very special and also really wants the world to take notice in the sport,” said Beckham, who is the promotion ambassador of Chinese Super League.

“If China is doing that for 2022, I wish them good luck, something would be incredible (for 2022 Winter Olympics), because I know how passionate the people are in this country for life and for sport, so good luck of course.”

Beckham has been named the ambassador of China’s youngsters soccer program. He said he would share his soccer experience with more Chinese teenagers.

The IOC Evaluation Commission is having a five-day inspection visit in Beijing and will publish their evaluation report and distribute it to every IOC member prior to the election between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia on July 31, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHANGHAI  |  2015-03-26 22:40:49

 

ISU to promote

synchronized skating

 

By Li Jia and Zhu Hong

 

 

International Skating Union (ISU) President Ottavio Cinquanta said on Thursday of March 26 that the union will promote synchronized skating in the world and try to make it enter the Winter Olympic Games in the future.

“Synchronized skating is a new sport of ISU,” said the 76-year-old. “Why do we create such a sport? Because everybody, other than top skaters, can take part in the sport. We hope more and more people start to skate.”

As team event of figure skating has been included in the Winter Olympic Games, Cinquanta hopes the new sport can also make it entry to the Olympics.

“The IOC will decide whether to include it or not, and we hope it decide positively,” the Italian said. “We want to develop a new sport. The team event is very successful, and we want to add another sport.”

He refused to make comment on Beijing’s chance of winning the 2022 Winter Olympics bidding, but expressed his satisfaction of the organization of the Figure Skating worlds in Shanghai.

“The organizing committee has done a good job so far,” he said. “Shanghai is a wonderful city. The next Winter Olympic Games will be held in South Korea, and the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be held either in Beijing or Almaty, but now I don’t want to say anything about it.”

It’s the first time for Shanghai to host a Figure Skating World Championships.

 

 

 

 

 

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BEIJING  |  March 25, 2015

 

 

Members of the 2022 Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

check the sand box of sport stadiums in Beijing on March 25, 2015.   Photo – Gong Lei

 

Members of the 2022 Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

check the sand box of sport stadiums in Beijing on March 25, 2015.  The International Olympic

Committee (IOC) team is visiting Beijing this week to assess its bid to host the Games ahead

of a July vote that the Chinese capital — which hosted the spectacular 2008 summer Games.

Photo – Gong Lei

 

 

 

 

 

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BEIJING  |    March 24, 2015

 

Members of the 2022 Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

visit the National Stadium in Beijing on March 24, 2015.   Photo by Gong Lei

 

Members of the 2022 Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

step into the National Statium in Beijing on March 24, 2015.   Photo by Gong Lei

 

Members of the 2022 Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

visit the National Aquatics Center in Beijing on March 24, 2015. The International Olympic

Committee (IOC) team is visiting Beijing this week to assess its bid to host the Games ahead

of a July vote that the Chinese capital — which hosted the spectacular 2008 summer Games.

Photo by Gong Lei

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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