POSTED: June 2nd 2015
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Olympics: Beijing 2022 active plans confirmed by IOC Evaluation Commission report

Beijing 2022 has offered a regional concept intended to develop a winter sports market for more than 300 million people in northern China © Beijing 2022
Beijing 2022 has offered a regional concept intended to develop a winter sports market for more than 300 million people in northern China © Beijing 2022

Beijing's bid plan is designed to integrate sport more into people's lives © Beijing 2022
Beijing's bid plan is designed to integrate sport more into people's lives © Beijing 2022

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The first report under the guidelines of Agenda 2020 from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission was welcomed by the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee. The report underlined the significant winter sport potential and Games delivery of the Beijing bid.

Beijing 2022 has the key elements in place to hold a successful Winter Games as confirmed by the published report. The significant impact on the city by the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games was recognized. The report showed the opportunity for the Bid to capitalize on the expertise and experience from hosting the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing and the 2008 Summer Games, which, "has benefited the 2022 bid and would benefit a 2022 Beijing Games across many operational areas."

Mayor of Beijing and President of the Beijing Bid Committee, Wang Anshun stated,  "Our strong desire to host an excellent Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2022 has received a significant boost from today's IOC Evaluation Commission report, which recognizes the bid's strengths, including world-class sports venues and infrastructure with identified legacy use, huge market potential, tremendous public and government support, legacy plan closely linked to regional economic development plan and strategy to develop winter sports and related industry."

The IOC Evaluation Commission released the report after their visit in March 2015 to Beijing and Zhangjiakou. Some areas in the Beijing 2022 plans were strong, including:

·        An assured delivery based on maximum use of existing assets, including human capital, infrastructure, and venues. The report highlighted the robust plans that are in place for the post-Games use of all new and existing sites.

·        Significantly high support from the public and full government support for the bid was noted. Along with the results of an independent study that was carried out by the IOC. The results show a shared aspiration of the Chinese people to host a Winter Games.

·       Establishing a year-round sports tradition and increasing participation in winter sport through a strong national government pledge. Beijing 2022 gives the Olympic Movement the chance to grow winter sports in one of the largest global markets.

·       Having a sustainable Games concept that is based on on-going and existing programs.

·       Having delivery certainty that is due to a resilient, diversified, and stable Chinese economy, vast marketing potential, and supporting secure financial guarantees around Beijing 2022.

·       The bid plans have a truly unique and memorable Games setting.

"We thank the IOC Evaluation Commission for their detailed review of our Bid, which reflects the open and productive dialog that we experienced with the Evaluation Commission members throughout their visit to Beijing and Zhangjiakou. This new process has been shown to be highly beneficial, and we have enjoyed the two-way consultation spirit provided by the Olympic Agenda 2020," expressed Mayor Wang Anshun.

A delegation of high-level, senior Beijing 2022 officials are set to attend the 2022 Candidate City Briefing in Lausanne from June 9-10. The host city will be chosen on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur at the 128th IOC Session.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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