Pre­par­ing for the Bei­jing 2022 Win­ter Olympics

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Zhang Hong­peng Edited by Roberta Raine

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.

Strength­en­ing Self-con­struc­tion

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.

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