POSTED: June 24th 2015
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Beijing 2022: China's top sport officials and venue managers enroll in two-week training course at the Russian International Olympic University

The Chinese officials at the Russia International Olympic University (RIOU) training session © RIOU
The Chinese officials at the Russia International Olympic University (RIOU) training session © RIOU

Participants will have lectures and seminars on a diverse range of topics and get first hand advice about the venues used for Sochi 2014 © RIOU
Participants will have lectures and seminars on a diverse range of topics and get first hand advice about the venues used for Sochi 2014 © RIOU

Beijing BMC International Education Consulting Co, Ltd selected the participants that attended from China © RIOU
Beijing BMC International Education Consulting Co, Ltd selected the participants that attended from China © RIOU

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) To further develop their skills, a group of twenty-five venue managers and sports officials from different provinces of the People's Republic of China have begun their training at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU). Participants included Shen Xue, a Vancouver 2010 gold medalist, three-time world champion, and renowned pair skater. She is currently working as Deputy Director of the Figure-Skating Department at the Winter Games Centre. 

During the two-week course, the Chinese sports management practitioners will be introduced to all the aspects involved in organizing a high-profile event. The course draws on the experience of hosting the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games. Participants will have the chance to sit in on seminars and lectures on a wide range of topics. A special emphasis will be placed on participants getting on-site training at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, the Rosa Khutor, and the Laura Biathlon & Ski Complex.

Also, the Chinese specialists will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the practices behind running venues once the Games have come to an end. They can take a firsthand look at post-Games running of the Shayba arena, the Bolshoi Ice Dome, and the Iceberg Skating Palace. The experience will cover the organizing of ticket sales, designing ski slopes and ice palaces, and being able to interact and work with fans.

 "This is our first educational program for senior officials of the Chinese sports industry. The choice of the course focus is an obvious one, given the fact that China is now bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Learning from our expertise, the Chinese administrators directly involved in organizing this mega-event can develop a better understanding of the whole chain of operations: from preparations for and staging of the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games to post-Games legacy delivery. It's a unique experience in creating state-of-the-art sports, transport and tourist infrastructure, and in managing winter events. I believe that our Chinese colleagues can gain a lot of valuable knowledge and insights from our program," stated Professor Lev Belousov, RIOU Rector.

The Beijing BMC International Education Consulting Co, Ltd, selected the lucky participants to take part in the two-week course. This is the first cooperative project between the Chinese educational authorities and RIOU. On May 28, 2015 the University was awarded a certificate by the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA). The certificate entitles the University to offer Chinese students courses for professional and educational development.    

This is an effort to strengthen the Beijing 2022 bid plan and help the city, if they are chosen to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will make their decision at the 128th Session on July 31st in Kuala Lumpur.

** 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.


Keywords · Beijing 2022 · China · RIOU · Olympic · Paralympic · IOC


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