Bei­jing gear­ing up for green, clean Win­ter Olympics in 2022, Xi says In­side In­side

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land, and LEI LEI in Bei­jing

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping pledged on Wed­nes­day to host an ex­tra­or­di­nary Win­ter Olympic Games in 2022.

While meet­ing with Thomas Bach, pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, at the com­mit­tee’s head­quar­ters in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land, Xi said Bei­jing will host a green, open-minded and cor­rup­tionO­lympic event in a shared man­ner.

Gear­ing up for the 2022 Win­terGamesshowsChina’s sup­port and proac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport­ing event, the pres­i­dent said. Prepara­tory work will be a ma­jor task for China in the next fewyears, he added.

Bei­jing, the host city for the 2008 Olympics, and neigh­bor­ing city Zhangji­akou, He­bei prov­ince, won­the right in 2015 to host the 2022 Win­ter Olympics. Bei­jing will be the first city to hold Sum­mer and Win­ter Games.

The or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee for the 2022 Games, which was se­tupinDe­cem­ber 2015, has as­sem­bled a team of more than 170 staff mem­bers across nine de­part­ments and two op­er­a­tional cen­ters.

Ac­cord­ing to its work plan, the prepa­ra­tion work will speed up this year.

Venue con­struc­tion will start and the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee will kick off over­seas re­cruit­ment for for­eign ex­perts.

“The lack of tal­ent in win­ter venue op­er­a­tion and tech­ni­cal sup­port has been a chal­lenge. We will work closely with in­ter­na­tional win­ter sports fed­er­a­tions, equip­ment providers and for­eign venue op­er­a­tors to train our own staff,” said Tong Lixin, di­rec­tor of the sports depart­ment of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee.

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