POSTED: November 7th 2014

Beijing 2022 Plans to Run Economical and Athlete Centered Games

The Mayor of Beijing, Wang Anshun / Beijing 2022
The Mayor of Beijing, Wang Anshun / Beijing 2022

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today, the first official presentation of the Beijing 2022 Bid was made by a high-level delegation of officials from the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee. The presentation was done in front of representatives from National Olympic Committees at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand.

Beijing 2022 assured everyone that the Beijing-Zhangjiakou area will be designed in a sustainable and cost friendly way, while also prioritizing the athletes' needs. The Mayor of Beijing, Wang Anshun, guaranteed that the athletes will be provided with all-around, high quality services that meets all of the IOC established standards.

China has prosperous experience in hosting major international sporting events, which includes the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Beijing 2022 has three principles: ensuring sustainable development, running athlete-centered Games, and hosting economical Games. The Mayor of Beijing also ensured first-rate conditions for the representatives of the NOCs, IFs, IOC, and media during the Games, so that they may enjoy the Games while working.

The presentation went on to a basic principle behind their Bid, sustainability. To move forward the growth of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Sport and Culture Tourism Belt, the city will aim to boost the economic, social, and ecological development under the national strategy of integrated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region.

Beijing 2022 aspires to forge a powerful platform for the winter sports industry, in China, through long-term development, which will attract tourists from all over the world.

“Not only will the Beijing 2022 Games accelerate the economic development of the Sport and Culture Tourism Belt in the area of Beijing and Zhangjiakou connected by the Great Wall of China, it will also contribute to the development of a new winter sports market in East Asia, and therefore create new opportunities and a powerful legacy for the Olympic Movement," said Wang Anshun.

He continued by talking about the cost-effectiveness that underpins the Beijing 2022 Bid through the capitalization of existing infrastructures, which would include venues used during the Beijing 2008 Games. China's rich experience as a host city is among other advantages already in place. This would lower the costs, from venue construction to the operations of the Games. Thoroughly formulated and associated budget control for venues and operations will carried out. 

To conclude, Wang stated, “Strong support from the government and people of China, outstanding infrastructure in place from the Beijing 2008 Games, China’s extensive experience in hosting major international sporting events, a controlled budget, a pool of experienced professionals, as well as strong support from the business community – all these factors give us great confidence that we can deliver a spectacular, sustainable and safe edition of the Games in Beijing and Zhangjiakou in 2022."

Keywords · Beijing · Beijing 2022 · NOC · IOC · ANOC · Bangkok · Olympic · Olympic Games

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