POSTED: August 7th 2014

Beijing's 2022 Olympics bid strengthened by 2008 legacy

The Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium the Bird's Nest / Bigstock
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium the Bird's Nest / Bigstock

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Beijing 2008 legacy could prove more useful than initial plans after officials and experts said venues built for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad could be used in the bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

Beijing Olympic City Development Association Vice Chairman Jiang Xiaoyu said the “venues have been well-cared for” and have been in use frequently since the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games in September of that year.

Local universities occupy four of the 11 permanent venues used during Beijing 2008, while two others are used for training purposes. The National Stadium – which holds activities including ice sports in the winter – and National Aquatics Center are two of the five permanent structures built specifically for the Games.

Five of the venues, including the Wukesong Indoor Stadium, received sponsorship bids following the conclusion of the Games. Wukesong’s title sponsorship began in 2011 and, by 2013, hosted more than 130 sports and entertainment events.

Photographs of deserted venues from Beijing 2008 have surfaced in recent years, but Jiang said the photos were of temporary venues scheduled to be deconstructed.

“Some of them remained because management did not keep up with the removal project,” he told China Daily.

Former Chinese Olympic Committee Secretary General Wei Jizhong said the Winter Games were less expansive than the Summer Games, meaning the 2022 bid could reflect a “frugal and sustainable” style.

Events like long-distance speed skating would need a new stadium, while new venues in Beijing’s Tanqing county would hold alpine skiing, bobsledding, and skeleton events. Ski resorts in Chongli county in nearby Zhangjiakou would be home to other ski events.

The International Olympic Committee recently announced Beijing, Almaty, and Oslo as the three Candidate Cities to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The IOC will choose the Host City at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur 31 July 2015.

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