[This is the English translation of a People’s Daily article — described as “China’s reaction to the International Olympic Committee’s decision to let Beijing host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games” — published last week.]
THE International Olympic Committee announced on July 31 that Beijing has won the bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The capital of China has become the first city in history to host both a Summer and a Winter Games. It is a new date for the Olympics and the Chinese historic city that represents Eastern civilization.
From the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games in Beijing, to the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing and the successful bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, China has been going along with the Olympics, pushing forward cultural interaction and exchanges among the countries. We are thankful for the IOC’s trust and support in its awarding the 2022 Olympic winter Games to Beijing.
We will also honor our promises to the world. We are going to use Beijing’s Olympic venues and personnel and cultural wealth to present a unique Olympic Winter Games. We are going to explore new development models of the Olympic movement, in a bid to contribute to China’s latest drive for the joint regional development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.
The Winter Games co-hosted by Beijing and Zhangjiakou will further help with the spread of the Olympic spirit in China. By hosting the Winter Games, hundreds of millions of people will be mobilized to participate in winter sports, which can improve their health and enrich their life. This will be a great contribution to the international Olympic movement. It will also help enhance Chinese athletes’ ability to compete in winter sports.
We are full of hope for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The three themes raised by Beijing during the bidding process were “Centered on athletes, sustainable development and a thrifty games.” These principles are highly in line with the IOC’s Agenda 2020 and have won wide applause. By incorporating the hosting of the Winter Games with the strategic development plan of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, we will integrate economic development, social progress and biological development into one blueprint. It will be a good example of complementary interactions between the Olympics and urban development.
We are confident about the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The confidence is based on the prosperous and stable economic and social situation, on 1.3 billion people’s love of the Olympic movement, on Beijing and Zhangjiakou’s comprehensive capabilities and profound cultural and historic background.
We also want to pay our tribute to Almaty. Their unremitting pursuit of the Olympic movement deserves respect. The future of Olympic movement needs the support of all participants.
We are looking forward to 2022 when the Olympic movement turns on new lights and hues near the Great Wall and during the Spring Festival. People of different faiths and colors gather together to enjoy the passion, joy and benefit of Olympics. Let’s start from now to pave the way for a brand new Olympic legend.