POSTED: January 7th 2015
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Olympics: Beijing 2022 focuses on a cost effective and athlete centered bid for the Games

Chairman of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee and Mayor of Beijing, Wang Anshun, hands over the Candidature File to Jacqueline Barrett, IOC Head of Olympic Bid City Coordination / Zhang Miao, Xinhua News Agency
Chairman of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee and Mayor of Beijing, Wang Anshun, hands over the Candidature File to Jacqueline Barrett, IOC Head of Olympic Bid City Coordination / Zhang Miao, Xinhua News Agency

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games bid has officially handed in their proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and have taken care to focus on three key areas for the bid. Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan are the only rivals in this two city race to host the Games.

As Wang Anshun, Chairman of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee and Mayor of Beijing, handed over the official candidature file to the IOC Head of Olympic Bid City Coordination, Jacqueline Barrett, and Christophe Dubi, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, he reiterated the city’s confidence and determination to host another successful edition of the Games.

He said, “By submitting our Candidature File to the IOC today, we marked a key milestone in the bidding process. Our Candidature File embodies the requirements of the IOC and the philosophy of the Olympic Agenda 2020. We will keep our promise of hosting athlete-centered, sustainable and cost-efficient Games.”

The IOC has taken a proactive approach to revising their bid planning after the Sochi Games last year came under much scrutiny for inflated costs surrounding the Games. 

Beijing hosted highly successful Summer Games in 2008 and the winter plan builds on the legacy that was started with the first edition. However this proposed addition takes advantage of bringing in other areas to share the hosting.

“Our Candidature File not only reflects the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee’s efforts and the support from the Chinese Government, but also the unanimous will and aspiration of the Chinese people living in Beijing, Zhangjiakou and across China to welcome the Winter Games,” added ZHANG Jiandong, Deputy Chairman of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee.

The overall candidature book is laid out in three volumes and is divided into 14 themes addressing the IOC requirements of their concept for the Games, its vision, its venue plans as well as its plans for transport, media operations and security.

“The Candidature File clearly lays out our commitments to the IOC and the Olympic Movement. This will be the basis for the IOC Evaluation Commission’s visit to China at the end of March and will also help the IOC members to make their decision during the 128th IOC Plenary Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in July,” said Wang Hui, spokeswoman of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee.

The IOC will convene in Kuala Lumpur at the end of July to vote their favorite to take up the baton and host the next edition of the winter Games after the PyeongChang 2018 Games will be held in South Korea. 




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