“Confident” that China will win the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, Beijing’s planning committee is well prepared as far as mapping out venues for the games.
Oslo dropped out of the running for the 2022 Winter Olympics back in October, leaving only two contenders: Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.
A joint bid was made by Beijing and the city of Zhangjiakou in smog-ridden Hebei province nearly a year ago, and the capital has apparently learned from hosting the Summer Olympic Games back in 2008 that a little air pollution never hurt anybody…at least when the only competition is Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bidding Committee ‘is confident China will win’ and has already announced three zones that will host the games.
The Beijing Zone will host ice sports competitions in five different venues, including the National Indoor Stadium, the Wukesong Sports Center, the Capital Indoor Stadium, the National Aquatics Center and the National Speed Skating Oval. The Bird’s Nest will hold the opening and closing ceremonies, CRI reports.
The Yanqing Zone, located in the Xiaohaituo Mountain area, will include the Alpine Ski Resort, the Olympic Village, the Mountain Media Center and the National Sliding Center. This is also the zone where the most development is needed.
The Zhangjiakou Zone will have five venues where most of the skiing and snowboarding events will take place. This includes the Nordic Center, Biathlon Center and Genting Snow Park.
A high-speed rail between Zhangjiakou and Beijing is expected to be completed in 2017 and will cut the travel time between the two areas to around 50 minutes.
While Beijing seems to think it’s got this thing in the bag (it probably does), the International Olympic Committee will still need to travel to the two cities in March for an inspection. The final decision will be announced at the IOC assembly in Kuala Lumpur on July 31.
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