Bei­jing girds for key IOC re­view

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By SUN XIAOCHEN in Bei­jing sunx­i­aochen@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Bei­jing mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment is urg­ing ev­ery­one in­volved in the 2022 Win­ter Olympics bid to make an all­out ef­fort to be pre­pared for the fi­nal in­spec­tion by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee in a month.

Bei­jing’s joint bid with Zhangji­akou, He­bei prov­ince, will en­ter its de­ci­sive phase in March with the visit of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the IOC Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion. The IOC will vote for the even­tual host be­tween Bei­jing and its only ri­val, Al­maty in Kaza­khstan, in July.

The Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Peo­ple’s Congress passed a res­o­lu­tion on Fri­day call­ing for all re­sources to mo­bi­lize for the visit.

“Un­der the guid­ance of State au­thor­i­ties, the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment should work closely with He­bei prov­ince to be fully pre­pared in all pos­si­ble ar­eas that the IOC will eval­u­ate and to op­ti­mize fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for the bid based on IOC rules,” said a state­ment Fri­day.

Wang An­shun, Bei­jing’s mayor and the bid com­mit­tee chair­man, em­pha­sized that de­tails will play a sig­nif­i­cant role.

“We should meet ev­ery part of the IOC’s host city stan­dards to ease any po­ten­tial con­cerns,” Wang said dur­ing an ear­lier brief­ing on the eval­u­a­tion visit.

Bei­jing sub­mit­ted its of­fi­cial can­di­da­ture file in Jan­uary, re­spond­ing to more than 200 ques­tions and re­quire­ments raised by the com­mit­tee. The file set out de­tails of the bid ob­jec­tives, venue plans, trans­port ar­range­ments and se­cu­rity mea­sures.

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