IOC of­fi­cial happy with prepa­ra­tion

Or­ga­niz­ers pledge venues to be in place for ser­vices in 2019

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By CHINA DAILY

Bei­jing’s prepa­ra­tions for the 2022 Win­ter Games have won in­ter­na­tional ac­claim for their fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity.

“The Bei­jing 2022 Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee has made good progress in its prepa­ra­tions for sus­tain­able Olympic Win­ter Games that will ben­e­fit the city, re­gion and coun­try for decades to come,” said Alexan­der Zhukov, chair­man of the co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

The first city awarded both the Sum­mer and Win­ter Olympics will re­use much of the orig­i­nal in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Aquat­ics Cen­ter, also known as the Wa­ter Cube, and the Na­tional Sta­dium, dubbed the Bird’s Nest. The Wukesong Sports Cen­ter, a venue for the 2008 men’s bas­ket­ball events, will pre­pare it­self for ice hockey com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the Olympic Win­ter Games.

Con­struc­tion of new fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Speed Skat­ing Oval, and ren­o­va­tion of ex­ist­ing venues are slated to be com­pleted by the end of 2019, ac­cord­ing to the Bei­jing Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee.

New in­fra­struc­ture projects are also un­der con­struc­tion.

They in­clude a high-speed rail line link­ing Bei­jing and Zhangji­akou, a co-host city in neigh­bor­ing He­bei prov­ince, and an ex­press­way con­nect­ing down­town Bei­jing and its out­skirt dis­trict Yan­qing, where alpine ski­ing com­pe­ti­tions will be held dur­ing the Games.

“It was im­pres­sive to see how the (Bei­jing) Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee has not only cap­i­tal­ized on the venue legacy from 2008, but has also in­te­grated lon­glast­ing sus­tain­able so­lu­tions across its var­i­ous pri­or­i­ties,” Zhukov said.

The Bei­jing 2022 Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee has made good progress in its prepa­ra­tions for sus­tain­able Olympic Win­ter Games.”

Alexan­der Zhukov, chair­man of the co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee

The first group of em­ploy­ees, se­lected from around the world for the 2022 Win­ter Olympics, took of­fice ear­lier this month. More than half of them have worked or stud­ied abroad and nearly one-third master at least two for­eign lan­guages. In co­op­er­a­tion with in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, the Bei­jing Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee has also re­cruited 10 for­eign ex­perts and sent its staff to learn from other pre­mier events. It plans to name com­pe­ti­tion di­rec­tors within this year.

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