China to bid for 2022 winter Olympics

The Chinese Olympic Committee held a press conference in Sochi, Russia, on Saturday to reveal the latest progress on its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Yang Xiaochao, vice president of the committee, introduced the overall concept of the bid and explained the planning and progress that has been made so far.

“Our overall concept is to develop three stadium zones in the Beijing-Zhangjiakou-Yanqing area. We plan to hold the opening ceremony at the National Stadium, which is commonly known as the Bird’s Nest,” said Yang.

Despite Beijing currently facing a number of challenges, such as air quality, traffic jams and a lack of adequate winter sports facilities, the municipal government is sparing no effort in tackling the problems, said Yang Shu’an, vice president of the Chinese Olympic Committee.

“We are now making an overall plan for the bid, including a long term program and an in-depth study on everything. For example, we are doing research to find out when would be the best time for Beijing to hold the Games in terms of climate conditions and temperature,” said Yang Shu’an.

China announced last November a joint bid by Beijing and Zhangjiakou to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

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