BEIJING, Sept. (China Sports Daily) – Winter sports are developing well in Europe and North America, but the world’s center of winter sports will shift to China in the future, said Jan Dijkema, President of the International Skating Union (ISU) on Thursday.
China has a population of 1.4 billion. It’s very exciting and encouraging that China is fulfilling its bidding promise to get as many as 300 million people involved in winter sports, Dijkema said when attending the 2017 World Winter Sports (Beijing) Expo.
He said the expo is an important part of Beijing’s road to the 2022 Winter Games, and will surely help invigorate the ongoing preparation.
Although still more than four years to go until Beijing 2022, the atmosphere at the expo is so hot that every visitor can feel the Chinese people’s enthusiasm and passion, he said. “It’s very impressive.”
ISU has intensified its campaign in China since Beijing won the bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in 2015.
According to the ISU’s event calendar, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Cup of China will be held in Beijing on November 3-5, while Shanghai will host the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating on November 9-12, and the 2017 Shanghai Trophy on November 24-26.