▷ CGTN: Winter dream meets Chinese dream: China keeps Olympic promises

27.10.2021 – 19:26


Beijing (ots/PRNewswire)

In 1908, Tianjin Youth magazine asked, “When could China host the Olympic Games?” When the 100-day countdown for the 2022 Winter Olympics begins in Beijing, the centuries-old Olympic dream should be realized again.

The Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 emblem is titled “Winter Dream” and proclaims China’s Olympic dream: to encourage more Chinese to participate in winter sports, to build China into a sporting power, and to promote winter sports and the Olympic movement around the world.

President Xi has shared his understanding of the sport on many occasions and has spearheaded efforts in China to turn the country into a center of excellence in sports, a goal he identified as part of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.

China’s solemn promise

“Beijing!” The city’s name was read for the second time on July 31, 2015 as the venue for the Olympic Games. This makes the Chinese capital the first city in the world to host both the Summer Olympics and the Winter Olympics.

From applying to preparing for the Winter Olympics, President Xi has played a leading role.

Hours before the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave their vote, Xi made his speech on television saying, “The 2022 Winter Olympics, when held in China, will promote exchanges and mutual understanding between Chinese and other civilizations Promote the world and encourage more than 1.3 billion Chinese people to engage in winter sports with interest and passion, and give them one more opportunity to advance the Olympic movement and nurture the Olympic spirit. “

The Chinese President has inspected the preparations for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing and Zhangjiakou in northern Hebei Province several times and reiterated the importance of having a “fantastic, extraordinary and excellent” Olympiad in 2022 with a “green, inclusive, to organize an open and clean “approach.

From inspiring an entire generation of winter sports enthusiasts to creating environmentally friendly and sustainable games, China keeps its promises.

Sustainable development

Guided by Xi’s vision, Beijing 2022 published its sustainability plan last year, which targets sustainability on three fronts: positive impact on the environment, new development for the region and better life for people.

The 2022 Games will be the first in the history of the Olympic Games to introduce transcritical carbon dioxide technology to directly cool ice, saving more than 40 percent of the energy consumed by the traditional method.

It is just one of the 119 specific measures within the framework of 12 action plans set out in the sustainability plan.

During an inspection tour, Xi said the 2022 Winter Olympics will serve as a driving force for the coordinated development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province.

This promise is in line with the IOC’s 2020 Olympic Agenda, which aims to integrate the Olympic Games into a city and region’s long-term development plan.

Chongli was once an extremely poor district in Zhangjiakou with limited agricultural incomes. In 2015, 16.8 percent of the county’s 100,000 residents lived below China’s national poverty line.

But this mountainous city, where most of the snow events of the 2022 Winter Olympics will take place, has turned into a paradise for skiers. In 2019, Chongli was selected by the New York Times as one of the 52 ski resorts that are worth seeing.

In May 2019, the district was officially lifted out of poverty. Almost 30,000 of the 126,000 inhabitants of Chongli are employed in ski resorts or related companies and organizations.

“The Games are a tremendous asset to accelerate some long-term developments. This is what has been done for Beijing 2022 and we have learned a lot,” said Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games Executive Director.

Create a competence center for sport

“Sport is an important means of improving people’s health, fulfilling people’s desires for a better life, and promoting balanced human development,” said Xi. This explains why the Chinese president wants to turn the country into a sports center of excellence.

Xi has urged the country to use the preparation for the Beijing Winter Olympics as an opportunity to promote the popularization and development of ice and skiing sports. The vision is now becoming a reality.

Winter sports used to be considered a foreign and expensive pastime in China, but thanks to Xi’s initiative to get 300 million people interested in winter sports by 2025, more and more people are now drawn to the ice rinks and ski slopes.

Five years ago there were only 460 ski areas in China. To make skiing more accessible to the public, the country accelerated the construction of facilities and the number had risen to 770 by the end of 2019.

By the end of 2020, around 2,000 elementary and secondary schools across the country had included winter sports in their curriculum.

These measures to promote mass sport are an excellent manifestation of Xi’s remarks: “The basis for building a sports competence center is mass sport.”

“President Xi is a real champion and I would like to present him with a number of medals because he has a clear vision of the important role sport plays in society and the importance of sport for the education of young people,” said IOC President Thomas Bach in an interview.


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Original content by: CGTN, transmitted by news aktuell


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