Guo Jinlong, Chairman of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, met with visiting Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), in Beijing on February 27.
Guo extended a warm welcome to Craven, an “old friend” as well as an “honorary citizen of Beijing.” Guo noted that Craven and the IPC have been committed to the cause of Paralympic games and made great contribution to the progress of human civilization.
Physically-challenged people in China also benefited from the IPC’s relentless work. The organization also gave great support to the Beijing 2008 Olympics and the city’s bid to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, said Guo.
Guo also briefed the current preparations for 2022 Beijing Paralympic Winter Games during the meeting.
“The 2022 Beijing Paralympic Winter Games are equally important to the Olympic Winter Games. Preparations are in lockstep with regard to venues construction, marketing and publicity. I sincerely hope that we can deepen cooperation with the IPC and link this event to the overall cause of promoting sports for people living with physical disabilities so that we can present spectacular, unique and excellent Paralympic Winter Games, while helping physically-challenged people live a dignified and happy life,” Guo said.
Craven highly praised the organizing concept of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. He noted that he was glad to see the Paralympic spirit being carried forward after the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and that the IPC would support the Paralympic spirit to play a greater role in preparing for the 2022 Beijing Paralympic Winter Games.
Members of the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee, including Zhang Gong, Zhang Jiandong and Lu Yong, and IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez, were also present at the meeting.