POSTED: July 14th 2015

Olympics: Beijing 2022 receives boost from Beijing International Sports Film Week


MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) As the International Olympic Committee's (IOC's) 2022 Winter Olympic Games Host City Election decision draws near, Beijing is continuing to draw support and is showcasing China's passion for sport.

Beijing is currently hosting the Beijing International Sports Film Week, giving film and sports lovers the chance to enjoy their passions. Nearly 60 sports films produced domestically and internationally will be featured. The event's organizers also hope this festival will aid Beijing's efforts to host the 2022 Games.

The seven-day festival will feature various activities that will be available for public viewing, which will include film screenings, sports film exhibitions, and sports culture exhibition. Part of the opening ceremony included a run for sports lovers to participate in and highlight the people's enthusiasm for sports. The festival will also show films of winter sports such as "ice skating and skiing," to lend support to Beijing 2022's bid efforts.

CCTV reported that former badminton world champion, Ye Zhaoying stated "I'm a Winter Sports enthusiast. I love skiing. I think I can ski quite well. I hope we can host the 2022 Winter Olympics so I can enjoy winter sports in my home country."

In addition, CCTV reported that singer Sha Baoliang expressed, "I'm very familiar with Zhangjiakou because I love skiing. I've been hitting the slopes there for more than ten years. I hope the Winter Olympic can come to our country and bring the world's top athletes here."

Beijing is bidding against Almaty (Kazakhstan) to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, and the final decision will take place on July 31st at the IOC session 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

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