Beijing Named host City of Olympic Winter Games 2022
Video News Release
Beijing named host city of Olympic Winter Games 2022
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today named Beijing, China as the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2022.
The Chinese capital was chosen over Almaty, Kazakhstan during a vote at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur. As a result, Beijing will become the first city to host both a summer and winter edition of the Olympic Games, following the city’s successful staging of the Olympic Games in 2008.
This VNR can complement your coverage of the election of the host city as Beijing gets ready to build on the sport and human legacy of the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. For example, as well has hosting a series of spectacular sporting events and performances since 2009, the Bird’s Nest (national stadium) remains open to the public throughout the year and is a top tourist attraction. The watercube is also hosting international swimming competitions but is also a fun park for the local population.
Beijing 2022 is also planning to use some of the existing venues and accommodation to minimise Games-related construction in the Beijing zone.
Key facts on the legacy of Beijing 2008:
Venues: Twenty-three of the Beijing 2008 venues have been used as sports facilities, conference centres and public event facilities; six venues were located on university campuses for use by students after the Games; and the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre serve conventions and tourism.
Education: 400 million children in 400,000 Chinese schools were exposed to the Olympic values, and 550 Chinese schools partnered with schools in other countries to conduct cultural sports and educational exchanges.
Volunteers: The Games encouraged volunteerism with 1,125,799 people applying to be volunteers – 100,000 provided direct services for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, while 400,000 municipal volunteers offered information, interpretation and other services. This volunteer movement has continued post-Games.
Public Health: Described by Hans Troedsson of the World Health Organisation as “a long-term gift to China”, public health legacies from the Beijing Games were far reaching with 100,000 Chinese chefs receiving food cleanliness classes, 200,000 additional food inspectors being hired, and a new disease prevention and control system put in place in Beijing.
Accessibility: The Olympic and Paralympic Games saw new wheelchair ramps for streets, shopping centres and cultural attractions installed, while street crossing signals were adapted for vision-impaired pedestrians, and new handicapped parking spots were made available at the airport.
Transport Infrastructure: Beijing’s Capital Airport saw its capacity increased by 24 million passengers; a new express way and high speed rail link was built to Tianjin; and three new subway lines were constructed, as well as a new ring road and airport express road. Public transport capacity was increased by 4.5 million people.
Cultural Preservation: Heritage sites and cultural relics were protected and improved, with archaeologists surveying 1.6 million square metres of land near 17 Olympic venues; 700 ancient tombs and 1,500 artefacts were excavated; and 600 million Yuan was invested to repair cultural sites and relics.
Environment: Some 140 billion Yuan was invested in air quality improvements alone, with 60,000 coal-burning boilers being upgraded to reduce emissions; a number of public buses being converted to run on natural gas; and restrictions being put in place on private automobile use, a form of which is still in place today. There were also significant improvements in water treatment facilities
The IOC is making available to broadcasters and other bona fide media organisations a video news release of the winning city to organize the 2022 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Beijing(China), after the Announcement Ceremony of the elected city on 31 July 2015, at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) (hereinafter the “VNR”).
The VNR can be broadcast in whole or in part for news purposes in regularly scheduled news programmes, for a maximum of 30 days after the meetings/events. After such term, the VNR or excerpts thereof shall only be used with the IOC’s prior approval, unless for news reporting or educational purposes.
The VNR will also be available on the IOC’s Olympic YouTube Channel, with the possibility to be embedded on broadcasters and other bona fide media organisations websites and platforms.