Beijing will highlight athletes' experience and sustainability in its preparations for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, said Yang Yang, Chair of Beijing 2022’s Athletes’ Commission and the first Chinese athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City 2002, short track speed skating).
Beijing will honor its promise made in the bid to host athlete-centered Olympic Winter Games in 2022 by providing welcoming services to athletes and striving for their best interests during the Games, said Yang, a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, on the sidelines of the conference's opening session on Saturday, March 3.
"Meeting the needs of participating athletes is key to the success of the Olympic Winter Games. We hope to turn every athlete into our promoter in 2022 by providing them with the best services," said Yang, an International Olympic Committee member until last month – after an 8-year tenure.
Yang said Beijing 2022’s Athletes’ Commission, established in November 2017, will get involved in every aspect of organizational work, including accommodation, catering, transport, and venue operation.
To guarantee enough tickets for every athlete's family so that they can cheer for their loved ones is one of the key services the commission is trying to provide, said Yang.
Meanwhile, Beijing 2022 also attaches great importance to the post-Games utilization of of venues and facilities and the expertise gained in hosting the Games, Yang added.
"As long as our national strategy to involve 300 million people in winter sports rolls out successfully, we don't need to worry about the use of winter sports infrastructure after the Games," she said.
To make sure Chinese athletes' performances are as successful as the organizational work, the country's winter sports governing body has been made plans to train more and better athletes in more Olympic winter sports. The aim is that Chinese athletes will compete in all 102 events at the 2022 Games, Yang said.
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