POSTED: July 28th 2015
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Olympics: Beijing 2022 tackles operational challenges as part of the bid process

From left to right... Lin Gui, division head engineering planning and technology; Xiaotao Wang, vice secretary general of National Development and Reform Commission;  Hui Wang, communications director for Beijing 2022; and Qiang Song, environmental expert
From left to right... Lin Gui, division head engineering planning and technology; Xiaotao Wang, vice secretary general of National Development and Reform Commission; Hui Wang, communications director for Beijing 2022; and Qiang Song, environmental expert

DR. ERIC C. SCHWARZ at the Traders Hotel in KUALA LUMPUR / Sports Features Communications

(SFC)  Today in Kuala Lumpur the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee hosted a press conference focused on operational issues related to hosting the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In attendance was Lin Gui, division head of the engineering planning and technology department of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee; Xiaotao Wang, vice secretary general of the National Development and Reform Commission and member of the leading group of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee; Hui Wang, communications director of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee; and Qiang Song, environment expert of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee.

Ms. Gui responded to a question regarding the relocation of people to make way for the building of the Olympic Villages.  "The only village that will required the relocation of people is in Zhangjiakou... the village is to be located in an area of Zhangjiakou already planned for the further development of the ski industry and the building was included in the city planning documents over five years ago."  Gui added "the government offers better living conditions and job opportunities associated with being relocated... the relocation has already started and the village will be built regardless of whether the Olympic bid is secured... and 99.5% of the residents affected by this plan support the relocation"

Mr. Xiaotao Wang was asked about the high speed trains between Beijing and Zhangjiakou, and with the eight stops that there are concerns that the previously stated travel time of 50 minutes is no longer realistic.  Mr. Wang responded by explaining that "the 52.5 minutes is travel time from Beijing to the competition venues [in Zhangjiakou], and of course it will take time to get on and off the train, but during the Games the train with be an express train not stopping at those stops, and the projection is the actual travel time will be approximately 70 minutes." 

Ms. Hui Wang added that "the train will be a mobile office for journalists to write reports what the Games, conduct interviews, and submit reports... the train will have Wi-Fi.  So a journalist can watch an ice event in Beijing, get on the train, write their report and submit it, and arrive in Zhangjiakou to cover snow events."

Ms. Wang was asked about the Chinese Olympic Committee's second in command currently being under investigation for corruption, as well as the Secretary of the Prefecture of Hebei.  As far as whether this would have a negative effect on the Beijing 2022 Bid, she said "the Chinese Government has a zero tolerance policy for corruption, and they have taken forceful measures to crack down on corruption."  While these individuals were involved with committee work in the early bid process, they did not have any significant responsibilities and their personal conduct was not associated with Beijing 2022, and hence "we do not expect any negative impact". 

The press conference concluded with a question to Mr. Song regarding environmental protection and whether the measures being put in place by the Chinese Government would be temporary in nature to secure the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.  He explained that "we are confident over the next few years and though our works we will achieve our stated goals."  He also gave details on how securing the Olympic Games would be a catalyst to ensuring permanent change and an enhanced level of sustainability.

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.  


Keywords · Olympics; 128th IOC Session; Beijing 2022


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