POSTED: March 23rd 2015
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IOC Evaluation Committee experiencing Beijing 2022 Olympic bid first-hand

IOC Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC member and President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov / Beijing 2022
IOC Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC member and President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov / Beijing 2022

Wang Anshun, Beijing 2022 President and Mayor of Beijing, welcomed the IOC back to the former host city / Beijing 2022
Wang Anshun, Beijing 2022 President and Mayor of Beijing, welcomed the IOC back to the former host city / Beijing 2022


DR. ERIC C. SCHWARZ / Sports Features Communications

(SFC)   The International Olympic Commission (IOC) Evaluation Committee landed at Beijing Capital International Airport today to start their five-day inspection visit of the joint bid by Beijing and Zhangjiakou, China to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

The IOC Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC member and President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov, was welcomes to Beijing by Liu Peng, Minister of General Administration of Sport of China and President of the Chinese Olympic Committee; and Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing and President of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee.

 

Over the next five day, the 19-member IOC Evaluation Commission will assess the plans for Beijing and Zhangjiakou to host the 2022 Games through dedicated visits to proposed venues and associated infrastructure.  The Commission will also receive detailed briefings on the vision for the bid, which focuses on hosting an athlete-centered, sustainable, and economic Olympic Games in line with the recent new guidelines mandated through Olympic Agenda 2020.  These new guidelines require bid cities to reduce the costs associated with bidding and include a comprehensive assessment of sustainability and legacy aspects.

 

Speaking on behalf of Beijing 2022 was its President, Wang Anshun, who is also the Mayor of Beijing.  He commented "it is an honor to have the opportunity to present our vision for the Games to the IOC Evaluation Commission. We are ready to demonstrate that Beijing is the right choice for the Olympic Movement to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. We have developed a highly robust Games concept, founded on athlete-centered, sustainable and economical principles. For the Olympic Family, athletes and fans, Beijing 2022 would provide an unrivalled experience to enjoy the vibrancy of a major cosmopolitan city and winter sports scenery in the same day.

 

He also reflected on the legacy of the 2008 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games as support for this bid, stating "for the Evaluation Commission members who recall Beijing from the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, they will see the tremendous changes that the city has enjoyed as a result and catch a glimpse of the endless new opportunities that the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games can bring."

 

Another significant factor related to the Beijing 2022 bid is the fact that the Chinese government has launched the '300 Million People Winter Sports Plan', whose goal is to introduce more young people to winter sports and create a foundation for future winter Olympians.  Xi Jinping, the President of China, commented that the Beijing 2022 bid "will inspire over 300 million Chinese to participate in winter sports if we win, which will contribute greatly to the development of international Olympic cause."

 

After an opening day of official meetings by the IOC Evaluation Commission, the visits and presentations will begin in earnest on Tuesday March 24 and continue through Saturday March 28.  The Evaluation Commission will produce a written evaluation report on each of the two finalists (Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China) and distribute to every IOC member for the IOC technical briefing on June 9-10, 2015.  The final vote for the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place on July 31 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


**DR. ERIC C. SCHWARZ is a tenured Senior Lecturer of Sport Management at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.  He has been an academician for 15 years in the areas of sport business management, international tourism, and hospitality management - with special focus on the areas of sport marketing, sport finance, tourism, and facility/event management.  He speaks globally and is the author of numerous publications in these areas, as well as been actively involved in consulting projects working with a multitude of sport and community organizations ranging from grassroots efforts to hallmark events.  


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