POSTED: March 24th 2015
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Beijing 2022 IOC Evaluation of the Olympic bid kicks off with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong greeted the IOC offering Alexander Zhukov, head of the IOC Evaluation Commission, the support of the Chinese government / Beijing 2022
Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong greeted the IOC offering Alexander Zhukov, head of the IOC Evaluation Commission, the support of the Chinese government / Beijing 2022

The IOC will be meeting with Beijing March 24-28 / Beijing 2022
The IOC will be meeting with Beijing March 24-28 / Beijing 2022

Presentations and works got underway at the Intercontinental Hotel near the Olympic Park / Beijing 2022
Presentations and works got underway at the Intercontinental Hotel near the Olympic Park / Beijing 2022

DR. ERIC C. SCHWARZ / Sports Features Communications 

(SFC)   The first day of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission visit to evaluate Beijing and Zhangjiakou as potential hosts of the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games is complete.  The day featured an opening, a presentation on vision and legacy, and tours of numerous facilities and infrastructural sites scheduled to host events and athletes.

 

The day started with an opening ceremony to mark the start of the IOC Evaluation Commission visit that even the media were allowed to sit in on.  Numerous government, bid, and sport dignitaries were in attendance for the ceremony as well. 


Opening remarks were offered by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong reinforcing the full support of the Chinese Government for the Beijing 2022 Bid, commenting we will honor our commitment made in the Candidature File and provide solid financial and legal guarantee in hosting the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games."

 

Other speakers during the opening ceremony included Liu Peng, Minister of the General Administration of Sport of China and President of the Chinese Olympic Committee Liu Peng; Mayor of Beijing and President of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee Wang Anshun; and Chairman of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games Alexander Zhukov.

 

Peng said: "Beijing 2022's 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."  Anshun added "Beijing 2022 is capable and confident of staging a most memorable and joyful rendezvous that will fully embody the spirit of the Olympic Agenda 2020."

 

Zhukov commented "The success of the last Evaluation Commission visit in 2001 and the 2008 Olympic Games which followed are well known. But some years have passed since the last visit. Not only has this city developed dramatically in that time but so too has the Olympic Movement.  We are glad to note that you [Beijing 2022] have already incorporated some of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms into your Games concept. You have maximized the use of existing world-class sports venues; you have taken advantage of your experience of hosting major international events; and you have identified clear legacy goals."

 

After the opening ceremony, the IOC Evaluation Commission attended a presentation that focused on the vision for legacy and engagement for Beijing 2022.  The presentation also covered the vision for sustainability; overall Games concept; organization of the Olympic Villages, and an overview of the proposed venues in Beijing.

 

In the afternoon, the IOC Evaluation Commission visited all proposed venues and sites in the Beijing cluster, where there will be presentations about plans for use during and after the Games.  Of the venues visited, five venues are a direct legacy from the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as continue to operate today. 

 

The venues visited included Beijing National Stadium (the Bird's Nest), which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies; Capital Indoor Stadium; Linglong Tower; National Aquatics Centre (the Water Cube); National Speed Skating Stadium; National Indoor Stadium; Wukesong Sports Centre; and the Olympic Village sites. 


**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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