Bei­jing’s 2022 Games tak­ing shape this year

China Daily European Weekly - - NEWS DIGEST -

Bei­jing has stepped up its prepa­ra­tion for the 2022 Win­ter Olympic Games, with all the com­pe­ti­tion venues to be com­pleted and mas­cots un­veiled next year. Though most of the 2008 Bei­jing Sum­mer Olympics venues are idle in win­ter, a con­struc­tion site on the north end of the Olympic Park is bustling with work­ers and ma­chines busy pre­par­ing a large site for the new Na­tional Speed Skat­ing Oval, a per­ma­nent venue that will be used for the 2022 Win­ter Games. Soon, the foun­da­tion will be laid and the struc­ture will be­gin to rise at the venue, dubbed the Ice Rib­bon for its ap­pear­ance. It will be com­pleted by the end of 2019 for speed skat­ing test events in 2020, ac­cord­ing to the Bei­jing Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee for the 2022 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games.

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