Beijing bid team puts strong case for 2022 Games
Updated: 2015-06-09 20:23
China's vice premier Liu Yandong speaks at the briefing for International Olympic Committee (IOC) members by the 2022 Winter Olympic Games candidate city of Beijing at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 9, 2015.[Photo/Agencies]
Chinese vice premier Liu Yandong reiterated Beijing’s offer of assured delivery and great prospects for winter sports during a presentation to the International Olympic Committee at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games Candidate City Briefing in Lausanne, Switzerland on Tuesday.
The eight-member panel put forward a strong case for Beijing, explaining how the bid embraces the Olympic Agenda 2020 principles through its concept of athlete-centered, sustainable and economical Games, while offering much more: an opportunity to grow winter sports in one of the biggest markets in the world, as well as an enjoyable atmosphere of a big cosmopolitan city and an exceptional mountain setting at the foot of the Great Wall.
The bidding presentation is seen as one last important chance to win endorsement from IOC members in run-up to the final vote on July 31.
The other candidate city, Almaty in Kazakhstan, also presented its bidding project to IOC members Tuesday.
Beijing views that the Olympic Winter Games are not only a significant international sports event, but also a valuable opportunity to speed up the development of the host cities, the region around them and even the country.