IOC: Bei­jing pre­pares for Olympic in­spec­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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