POSTED: November 6th 2013
Beijing back with Zhangjiakou for 2022 Winter Olympic Bid
MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) The state-run media expressed that Beijing, who hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, desires to bid to host the 2022 Winter Games.
The official Xinhua news agency stated through a verified social media account, China’s Olympic Committee has ”In the name of Beijing city, applied to the International Olympic Committee ” (IOC) toward hosting the Games.
It was reported that ice sports would take place in Beijing, whereas all the snow events would be held in the city of Zhangjiakou, in Hebei the neighboring province.
Currently, Zhangjiakou is about 100 miles from Beijing, which is around five hours when driving. To cut the time, this year work on a high-speed rail link will begin, cutting the time down to roughly 40 minutes.
Their competition for the 2022 Winter Game bid appears to be Germany’s Munich, Ukraine’s Lviv, Oslo the Norwegian capital, Poland’s Krakow, Almaty in Kazakhstan, and Sweden’s Oestersund.
The Winter Olympics have not been previously hosted by China, however the Summer Games in 2008 was commemorated in the emergence of Beijing to the world stage, even though many saw the human rights record controversy the country was dealing with.
The IOC will award the 2022 Winter Games in Kuala Lumpur in July 2015.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) expressed that the strongest bid to host the Games is Oslo.
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