Preparing for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
The Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games has carried out meticulous preparations, such as drafting master plan and accelerating the construction of venues, to usher in the Games.
On December 15, 2015, the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (The Committee) was officially established. In 2016, The Committee fulfilled its commitment of hosting a “green, inclusive, open and clean Olympic games” and made great strides in several areas.
Drafting the Master Plan
The Committee has drawn up a master plan and specified the important tasks for every year regarding preparations, and further divided the master plan into 102 important duties in 10 areas, defining responsible bodies and timelines as well as creating a timetable for the preparations and a route map.
The Committee has also specified 51 categories of work and figured out 3,090 milestone tasks. Measures have been taken to formulate the plans to push forward the preparations for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in order to synchronise the plans and preparations of both the Olympic and the Paralympic Winter Games.
Accelerating the Planning and Construction of Venues and Infrastructure
Currently, the conceptual plan of the National Speed Skating Oval has been determined and its in-depth design completed, the new venues for snow events are planned or designed, some venues are in the site-clearing phase and others are under construction. Important projects such as the Beijing–zhangjiakou High-speed Railway and the Yanqing–chongli Expressway are being smoothly carried out, and construction work on the infrastructure of public facilities and communication lines is underway in three zones.
Carrying out International Exchange and Cooperation
A multi-layered communication and liaison mechanism has come into being through
proactively communicating with the IOC, IPC, International Sports Federations and host cities of previous Olympic Winter Games. Beijing has held several important meetings, such as the meetings of the IOC Coordination Commission for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and project review sessions. The Committee has made statements of work to the IOC and its Executive Board, and to the IPC and the IPC Governing Board, to solicit instructions and support. On August 26, 2017, IOC President Thomas Bach inspected and spoke highly of the preparations for the Beijing 2022 Games. The Committee continues to improve communications and cooperation with the seven winter sports federations and their experts have visited China more than 20 times to exchange opinions on the design of venues, arrangement of the games and the training of talent.
Enhancing News Publicity and Culture Promotion
The Committee has formulated and implemented a Work Plan on Publicity of the Beijing 2022 Games from 2017 to 2022.
According to the work plan, news coverage and publicity will be further promoted. More efforts will be made to improve communications with the CPC Central Committee, Beijing Municipality and Hebei Province. Exclusive coverage and interviews have been made focusing on important events such as The Committee moving into the office area of Shougang Industrial Park, solicitation of design proposals for the emblems of the Beijing 2022 Games, the kick-off of marketing, the recruitment of employees, and IOC President Thomas Bach's visit to Beijing. The Committee's official website, Sina Weibo account and Wechat account went online to facilitate the release of preparation information and interactive exchanges with netizens and followers.
More cultural activities will be organised. Some important activities have been held, including the Inauguration of the Beijing Olympic Tower and Olympic Symbol and the First Anniversary for Beijing's Successful Bid for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Committee has also attended and organised the World Winter Sports (Beijing) Expo 2016 and 2017. Additionally, it is actively cooperating with educational, sporting and other departments to conduct Olympic education and promote the education of winter sports in schools and communities.
It was necessary to establish the vision of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has been formally made public.
Measures will be taken to promote the selection of emblem proposals for the Beijing 2022 Games. The solicitation kicked off in late July 2016. By the deadline, a total of 4,506 eligible proposals had been received, about 2.2 times that of Beijing 2008. After receiving the evaluation of experts and the appraisal of social representatives, and listening to the IOC'S opinions and deliberation of the executive meeting of the presidents, a list of finalists has taken shape and passed domestic and international verification.
Promoting Services and Support
Borrowing from the relevant experiences of several recent Olympic winter games, the competition schedule of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games has been formulated in 2.4 and 1.0 versions, and submitted to the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations and the IPC for deliberation. A marketing programme has been launched to attract the sponsorship of official partners in the banking, sports apparel, dairy products and passenger air transportation services. So far, the Bank of China, Air China and Yili have been identified as official partners of the Games. Efforts have been made to ask for preferential tax policies, as a result of which the Ministry of Finance, the State Administration of Taxation and the General Administration of Customs of China jointly issued tax reduction and exemption policies for the Beijing 2022 Games.
Improving Training and Development of Talent
So far, The Committee has employed 10 international experts to work on the venue design and competition organisation.
In a worldwide search for employment, 27 outstanding individuals have been recruited, most of whom have experience in serving the Olympic Games or large competitions. In the training of talent, The Committee has signed a general service plan on learning strategies with the IOC and another favourable plan with the IPC, in order to improve the study and exchange of knowledge of preparations for the Olympic Games, to organise and offer the training of general knowledge and expertise, and to continue promoting the work performance of staff members. Thirty-two candidates for the positions of competition directors were selected nationwide to participate in the observation plans of 36 world-class winter sports competitions; furthermore, outstanding members from The Committee were chosen to take part in the observation projects of the Hello Pyeong Chang Test Events and world championships of winter sports in order to provide them with more real-life experiences.
Beijing 2022 has given priority to Party building; has established a CPC committee, a discipline inspection commission and branches; has combined the guiding principle of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. To strengthen team building, The Committee set up nine departments and two operation centres at Yanqing and Zhangjiakou initially, and added four other departments in 2017. Currently, The Committee is staffed by over 240 people, nearly half of whom have experience in the preparation for Beijing 2008 or in bidding for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.