Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday inspected the preparation work for the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, visiting staff, athletes and coaches.
President Xi visited the Capital Gymnasium in Haidian District, the National Alpine Skiing Center and the National Sliding Center in Yanqing District to learn about the construction of the sports venues and how athletes are preparing for the competition.
During his inspection in the Yanqing Competition Zone, Xi extended greetings to athletes, coaches and representatives of operation teams and construction staff there.
He called on officials to seize the opportunity of the Winter Olympics to promote sports, especially winter sports, among the general public, as part of the country’s efforts to become a leading country in sports, and to motivate 300 million people to participate in winter sports by 2022.
The Capital Gymnasium will stage short-track speed skating and figure skating competitions for the Games, while the National Alpine Skiing Center will hold Alpine skiing events. The National Sliding Center will host bobsled, skeleton and luge competitions during Beijing 2022.
A total of 25 competition and non-competition venues, located in Beijing and Zhangjiakou in north China’s Hebei Province, will be used during the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The Beijing Competition Zone will be home to three Olympic winter sports: curling, ice hockey and skating.
On January 23, 2017, Xi inspected preparation for the Games in Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province. On February 1, 2019, Xi met with staff and volunteers at the office building of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games in the Shougang Park in Shijingshan District in Beijing.
(Cover: President Xi Jinping visits the Capital Gymnasium in Haidian District, Beijing, January 18, 2021. /Xinhua)
Source: CGTN & Xinhua