BEIJING, October 11, 2016 (Beijing 2022) – The International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission (CoComm) on the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games held its first meeting here on Monday.
IOC CoComm Chairman Alexander Zhukov (RUS) said the Commission is glad to join together with the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee in the six-year journey to the 2022 Games.
It is a challenging task to host a winter Olympics. But all difficulties will be overcome with the strong support from the Chinese government, he said.
Beijing hosted a very successful summer Olympics in 2008. There is no doubt Beijing will make history in 2022, becoming the first city in the world to host both summer and winter Olympics. The 2022 Games will leave a great Olympic legacy for Beijing, Hebei Province and China, he added.
Guo Jinlong, president of the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee, gave a warm welcome to the IOC CoComm’s visit.
The Chinese government attaches great significance to the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have given instructions in this regard on several occasions, Guo said.
The 2022 Games has been incorporated into China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and the national strategy of coordinated development of Beijing, Hebei Province and Tianjin, he said.
“We’ll put into practice the concepts of innovative, coordinated, green, open and sharing development, adhere to the principles of hosting a green, sharing, open and clean winter Olympics, and make sure the 2022 Games a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympics,” he promised.
Preparations for Beijing 2022 are progressing steadily in every aspect according to the IOC requirements and the Olympic Agenda 2020, Guo said.
The Coordination Commission is a bridge between the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee and the IOC, and plays a very important role. All the Commission members have rich experiences in organising Olympics properly, he said.
“We’re open to any useful advice. We respect all useful suggestions. We’ll make our preparations conform to the Olympic values, the IOC reform proposals and China’s individual situation, and meet our promises to the world,” he added.
After the opening of the first CoComm meeting, the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee briefed the CoComm about the Organising Committee’s structure, sustainability and legacy, cooperation with the International Sport Federations, winter sport development of China, marketing, communications and engagement, venues and infrastructures.
During the three-day visit, the CoComm members will also go to the three Competition Zones, namely Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou, to evaluate venue planning and construction.
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