IOC: Beijing prepares for Olympic inspection
To address air pollution, another issue that may concern the IOC, Beijing has adopted legally binding regulations to considerably reduce the concentration of PM2.5 - particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or smaller that can penetrate the lungs and harm health - by 2017, according to the municipal environmental protection bureau.
Wang Hui, head of the Beijing bid committee’s publicity department, said, “Bidding for and hosting the Winter Olympics require clean air and a good environment, so this can motivate us (the governments) to take tougher measures to upgrade our economic structures, thus cutting the emission of air pollutants.”
Beijing’s bid recently received high-profile support from six renowned sports figures, including basketball icon Yao Ming and Olympic champion speed skater Zhang Hong.
Yao said, “Beijing has a rich Olympic heritage after 2008, and the 2022 bid would bring it all to a new level and make more people understand sport and be involved.”