Beijing girds for key IOC review
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.