Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee revealed at the press conference on the bid for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in 2022 in the Main Press Centre of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games on 8 February, the joint bid of Beijing and Zhangjiakou for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games had received extensive support from the Chinese public, with over 90% of them support it.
Yang Xiaochao, Vice Mayor of Beijing Municipal and Vice Chairman of Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee, stated that based on the survey conducted by a third-party institute, among the 2,500 people interviewed from 32 cities, as many as 91.8% of Beijing residents support the bid, while 99.5% from Zhangjiakou and 96.3% from other cities support it. The average support rate around the country is 94.8%.
It is understood that the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee has preliminarily completed the questionnaire from the International Olympic Committee for applicant cities. The initial cluster planning has been done based on the conditions of venues, climate and transport. The overall idea is the construction of 3 corresponding clusters forming a straight line running past Beijing, Zhangjiakou and Yanqing. First is the Olympic Centre, Capital Indoor Stadium and the MasterCard Center in downtown Beijing, where 5 ice sports will take place. Second is Xiaohaituo Mountain in Yanqing County of Beijing, where bobsleighing, tobogganing and alpine skiing events will take place. Third is Taizicheng in Chongli County of Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, where ski jumping, snowboarding, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, biathlon and cross-country skiing will take place.
Air quality is a much-discussed point during Beijing’s bid for the Olympic Winter Games. In response to reporters’ questions concerning whether air pollution would be the shortcoming of Beijing’s bid, Yan explained that air pollution is an issue that must be tackled as Beijing and Zhangjiakou bid for the Olympic Winter Games.