POSTED: July 27th 2015
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Beijing 2022 in final swing promoting winter sport leadership and growth of sport in Asia as part of Olympic Bid

From left to right... Zhao Yinggang, Deputy Secretary General Beijing 2022; Zhang Suzhi, Dean Yanqing Operation Center; Hou Bin, Beijing 2022 Ambassador; Wei Jizhong, Beijing 2022 Bid Committee; and Wang Hui, General Director Beijing 2022 Press Department
From left to right... Zhao Yinggang, Deputy Secretary General Beijing 2022; Zhang Suzhi, Dean Yanqing Operation Center; Hou Bin, Beijing 2022 Ambassador; Wei Jizhong, Beijing 2022 Bid Committee; and Wang Hui, General Director Beijing 2022 Press Department


DR. ERIC C. SCHWARZ at th Traders Hotel in KUALA LUMPUR / Sports Fe

(SFC)  Early today, Wang Hui, General Director of the Press and Communications Department of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee hosted a press conference to discuss the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Bid by Beijing, China.

In attendance to answer questions were Zhao Yinggang, Deputy Secretary General and General Director of the Sports Department for Beijing  2022; Wei Jizhong, Member of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee and Olympic Expert Advisor; Zhang Suzhi, Dean of the Yanqing Operation Center for Beijing 2022; and Hou Bin, Beijing 2022 Ambassador and Paralympic Champion in the High Jump.

Zhao discussed the final preparation for the last presentation to the International Olympic Committee on Friday.  He reviewed the schedule of work that Beijing 2022 has undertaken during this bid process over the past 600 days, leading up to the vote this Friday.  He explained that if they were to secure the bid for the Games, "they intend to very much fully leverage on this opportunity to develop in the most robust manner possible fashion winter sport in China... both competitive and general participation"

Zhao further explained that "skiing and skating sports - including ice hockey - has become among the fastest growing sports in the Beijing and Zhangjiakou regions".  Wang added that "for example, there are now 96 teams for 5-15 year olds in Beijing for ice hockey, with over 2,000 participants".  Zhang also expounded on these facts for the Yanqing region "that 1/3 of the entire youth population in the region (10,000 kids) signed up for winter sports programs in the region this year - and we could not satisfy the demand," which further accentuates the interested level and growth of winter sports in China. 

The press conference concluded with a discussion about the legacy of Beijing potentially becoming the third successive East Asian city to be awarded an Olympic bid (PyeongChang, South Korea - 2018; and Tokyo, Japan - 2020).  Wei emphatically stated "it is because sport in Asia is developing very fast, and also thanks to the leadership of the Olympic Council of Asia President (Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Sabah)... we are showing that the world of sport geographically is becoming more and more balanced - which is very good for the Olympic Movement."

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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