Win­ter sports here to stay, plans sug­gest

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By SUN XIA CHEN sunx­i­achen@chi­

As po­ten­tialChina un­veils­for am­bi­tious in­volv­ing plans300 mil­lionto boost peo­plethe win­terin ski­ing,sports in­dus­tryskat­ing and with other prepa­ra­tionss­ports. The­for the Games 2022 will Bei­jing be Win­ter­held at Olympics the three ramp­ingv­enue clus­ter­sup, ob­serversin down­townare call­ing Bei­jing,for solid plan­ningthe cap­i­tal’sand train­ing north­westto en­sure Yan­qing even county,im­ple­men­ta­tion and Chongli and sus­tain­abil­i­ty­county of long Zhangji­ak­ouafter the Games re­spec­tively.are over.

The Plans coun­tryalso call is for plan­ning ex­pand­ingto have win­tera to­tal sport­sof 650 ed­u­ca­tion­skat­ing rinks to and 5,000 800 schoolsski re­sortsby 2022, lay­ing Ren the foun­da­tionHong­guo, head­for 300 of mil­lion the Na­tional peo­ple to Win­ter par­tic­i­pate in Sportswin­ter Ad­min­is­tra­tives­ports and re­lated Cen­ter, ac­tiv­i­ties.said a na­tion­alThey are guide ex­pect­ed­for schoolto con­tribute win­ter 1 sports tril­lion ed­u­ca­tionyuan ($148 is bil­lion) be­ing to com­piledthe win­ter and sportswill be in­dus­try re­leased in­cludin­gin 2018. spend­ing at venues, equip­ment“The lack pro­duc­tionof train­ingand train­ing ex­per­tise, fees fa­cil­i­tiesby 2025. and qual­i­fied The staff in­crease­for schools’in fa­cil­i­ties win­terand par­tic­i­pantss­ports ed­u­ca­tion­would be is mas­sive:a chal­lenge China that cur­rently needs has cross-min­istry­over 200 skat­ing rinks col­lab­o­ra­tio­nand 500 ski re­sorts, to and over­come.about 30 It’s mil­lion­good peo­pleto see par­tic­i­pate­some pro­gressin win­ter has sports beenand re­lated made,” en­ter­tain­ment,he said. ac­cord­ing Start­ingto the State last Gen­er­a­lyear, Ad­min­is­tra­tion Bei­jing has se­lectedof Sport, 18 the schools coun­try’s in top Haid­ian sports dis­trict­body. and Yan­qing as With­pi­lot schoolssix years of­fer­ingto go be­fore win­ter the Games, sports the train­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion dur­ing on phys­i­cal Wed­nes­day ed­u­ca­tion is­sued na­tional classes. plan­sThe mu­nic­i­pal­for win­ter sports de­vel­op­ment au­thor­ity is proposin­gand in­fras­truc­tureto add win­ter­con­struc­tion. sports to The the plans manda­to­ryalso in­volve

sev­en­the Re­form though­been warn “To De­spitethe Na­tional­made.other ac­cel­er­atethat Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­ finalthe the min­istries, Devel­op­ment­push, plans zeal­ous­the de­ci­sionMin­istry con­struc­tion pun­ditsshould­in­clud­ing gov­ern­men­ta­land and has not be with only cau­tious­lyof in­te­grat­ed­win­ter­for elite sports im­ple­ment­ed­think­ing com­pe­ti­tions fa­cil­i­ties, and but plan­ning­for mass in par­tic­i­pa­tion,staff train­ing­has beenand con­struc­tiona press­ing is­sue de­sign. for the prepa­ra­tion“The in­vest­mentsof the Bei­jing in 2022 the Win­ter in­dus­try Olympics,”are mainly said madeGao Zhi­dan, for the 2022 vice-min­is­ter Olympics,of sport.but what hap­pens Win­ter af­ter sports the venue Games?”de­vel­op­ers said Yang will Hua,be of­fereda sports rea­son­able so­ci­ol­ogy and ex­pert flex­i­ble and poli­ci­es­the in Par­ty­tax re­duc­tionchief of Bei­jin­gand land Sport ac­qui­si­tion, Univer­sity. ac­cord­ing to Wang Wei­dong, di­rec­tor"To avoidof thea waste sports of ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­sources and eco­nom­ics op­er­a­tional depart­ment. dif­fi­cul­ties Wang af­ter said the the Olympics, ad­min­is­tra­tion lo­cal will gov­ern­mentswork with the and Fi­nance prop­er­tyMin­istry de­vel­op­er­sand the should Min­istry takeof Land lo­cal and tourism, Re­sources ac­com­mo­da­tion­sto fi­nal­ize such mea­sures.and trans­porta­tion, as well as en­vi­ron­men­talBei­jing and co-host pro­tec­tionZhangji­akou plans, in into He­bei con­sid­er­a­tionprovince won the in bid the in big­gerJuly to pic­ture.”host the 2022 Win­ter He Olympics, Wenyi, citinga re­searcherthe po­ten­tial at for Pek­ing Univer­sity’ s in­volv­ing 300 mil­lion In­sti­tute peo­ple of in Sports ski­ing, Sci­ence, skat­ing said and the other govern­ing sports. body for sports should work The with Games in­sti­tu­tion­swill be held and at venuethe three de­vel­op­ers venue both clus­ters fromin down­town­home and Bei­jing, over­seas the to cap­i­tal’s train north­westschools’ phys­i­cal Yan­qing county, ed­u­ca­tio­nand Chongli teach­ers, county win­ter of sports Zhangji­akou event re­spec­tively.op­er­a­tors and ser­vice staff to make Plans sure also the call in­dus­try­for ex­pand­ing thrives win­ter­both dur­ingsports ed­u­ca­tio­nand af­terto 5,000 the schools Games. by 2025.

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