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