In order to achieve the goal of winning the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Zhao Wen said that the next step would be to focus on the capital positioning, optimize the layout of ice and snow events, and build three levels of key development projects, focus on upgrading projects and actively expand projects.
At present, the national sled center in Yanqing is in a tense construction stage, and will become the first national and 18th global standard sled and sled track after completion. It will be very helpful for Chinese athletes to train and prepare for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
On January 2, Beijing and the Winter Sports Center of the State Administration of Sports signed the Framework Agreement for Cooperation in Preparing for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. A total of nine national training teams were built, including steel frame snow trucks, sledges and snow trucks.
Thanks to the successful bidding for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, the winter sports in Beijing have also started from scratch in recent years. At present, 16 winter teams have been formed. According to Yan Naxin, director of Beijing Winter Games Center, Beijing has now laid out 6 items, 11 items and 69 items. In the future, alpine skiing and other minor events will be laid out. The project layout will be increased to 6, 12 and 73 minor events, accounting for 66.9% of the 109 events of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
Zhang Jiandong said that although the Alpine Skiing World Cup was held in February 2020, the supporting facilities of the venues must be completed in October this year. According to the requirements of the International Snow Federation, a three-month snowmaking period must be set aside. Before that, snow-making, water diversion, electric power, cable cars and other systems will be completed in October this year. Zhang Jiandong said that from the process of preparing for the test competition, time is already pressing.
In addition to the test competitions of meeting Beijing, a number of high-level ice and snow competitions will also land in Beijing starting this year, including the International Snow Federation Cross-Country Skiing Points Competition and the Skating World Cup, the Womens Hockey World Championship (Group A, Group B), the Curling World Cup Final, the National Ice Hockey Championship, and the Alpine Skiing World Cup in 2020 and 2021 and its test competitions.
In 2018, Beijing hosted the first Winter Games with 624,000 participants. Zhao Wen said that the holding of the first winter games laid a good foundation for speeding up Beijings goal of 8 million people participating in ice and snow sports.
Zhao Wen revealed that this year, Beijing citizens will continue to have a happy ice and snow season, carry out ice and snow sports promotion activities, and co-ordinate all districts to carry out ice and snow carnivals and ice and snow festivals with their own characteristics. At the same time, 4,000 new ice and snow social sports instructors have been added to promote ice and snow public welfare experience courses. They have offered ice and snow sports experience to zero-based citizens, distributed 20,000 ice and snow experience vouchers free of charge, and organized 100,000 citizens to participate in ice and snow lessons free of charge.