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Three notions expressed to be the tone of 2022 Games

By 08 Jan 2015

Beijing has promised to deliver an "athletes-centered, sustainable andeconomical" Winter Olympic Games if it wins the right to host the 2022 Games.

Beijing on Tuesday submitted its 2022 Winter Olympic Games official bid to theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne,Switzerland.

Chinese Olympic Committee president Liu Peng handed Beijing's Guarantees to the IOCexecutive director for the Olympic Games Christophe Dubi.

Beijing 2022 Bid Committee president and mayor of Beijing Wang Anshun presented thebidding report to Jacqueline Barrett, who is in charge of the IOC candidate cities relations.

In the report, Beijing stressed athletes will be put at the center of the Games.

"Athletes' convenience will be a primary criteria. Our service will be comprehensive and ofhigh-level in training, competition, accommodation, transportation, catering, medical careand cultural communication," said Wang Anshun, adding that this will help athletes findtheir best shape.

If Beijing wins the hosting right, some of the 2022 venues will be set up in Zhangjiakou, aHebei province city some 200 kilometers northwest of Beijing. Beijing is going to hold icesports while snow events will be held in Zhangjiakou.

Wang said Beijing will make a meticulous budget plan to lower cost on the condition thatthe Games can be staged successfully.

"Beijing will lower the cost of staging the Games through thorough marketing, properarrangement of venues and activities on the condition that the Games can be deliveredsuccessfully," he said.

According to the report, stadiums from the Beijing 2008 Olympics, including the nationalswimming center the Water Cube and the national indoor stadium, can serve as the 2022venues along with several other existing stadiums after alteration.

New venues are planned to hold events like speedskating, biathlon, cross-country skiingand alpine skiing. They will become training bases, competition venues and be open towinter sports fans. The Olympic Village and media village will turn into hotels andcondominiums.

"In the very beginning Beijing has had scientific planning for the Olympic legacies. The2022 Games legacies will fit in the long-term project of the area," said Wang.

IOC president Thomas Bach said on Tuesday that Beijing's vision complied with IOC'sreforms as both Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan handed in their reports.

"We are somehow in the middle of a procedure but we will in agreement with the twocandidate cities already applying the first of the reforms which have been approved by theIOC members just very recently in Monaco," he said.

The IOC will send its Evaluation Commission to visit each city between February andMarch. The election of the 2022 host city by the IOC Session will take place in KualaLumpur of Malaysia on July 31, 2015.

Original title by Beijing promises "athletes-centered, sustainable and economical" 2022 Games

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