Olympics: Ice, snow sports to attract more
China will seize the opportunity of the Winter Olympics to promote sports and improve health among the general public, Xi said, adding that hosting such an event will also push forward the Belt and Road Initiative, which he proposed in 2013.
As highlighted in Beijing’s bidding plan, the country is rolling out a national campaign to encourage 300 million people to participate in winter sports by 2022.
The call has inspired greater investment in the winter recreation sector, which has seen 108 ski resorts built since Beijing won the bidding to be host for the Winter Games.
In winter 2015, the number of peoplewhoparticipated in winter sports increased by 30 percent year-on-year in Beijing and Zhangjiakou, reaching 6.8 million.
The country aims to build 650 skating rinks and 800 ski resorts by 2022, laying the foundation for the winter sports industry to generate 1 trillion yuan ($146 billion) by 2025 in gross revenue, including spending at venues, equipment production and training fees.
IOC President Bach welcomed Xi’s visit, saying the committee will work together with Beijing to ensure an excellent Winter Olympics.
Xi and first lady Peng Liyuan also visited the OlympicMuseum after meeting with Bach.
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