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Beijing 2022 will be an intelligent Games, says Samaranch

Date : 19 Sep 2018

Beijing, China, September 19, 2018: Senior International Olympic Committee official Juan Antonio Samaranch has said Beijing 2022 will deliver an “intelligent” Games which will create a positive economic impact as well as leave behind a lasting legacy.

Samaranch, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission, believed the organising committee of the first Olympic Winter Games in China were on the right track towards implementing a Games where resources will be used efficiently and in a sustainable manner.

“We have continued to emphasise the importance of producing an intelligent Games that is responsible and one which will result in a positive economic impact and leave a lasting legacy. I’m pleased to say our message has been heard and is being implemented by Beijing 2022,” Samaranch said.

Addressing the third meeting of the IOC Coordination Committee this week, Samaranch said hosting the Olympic Winter Games will help further spur development in Beijing and cities of Zhangjiakou and Yanqing in the neighbouring Hebei Province.

“The Games will act as a catalyst to help Beijing meet its developmental needs a well as update venues and adapt them for multi-purpose use. In addition, it will also create new tourist destinations and recreational facilities for the public,” Samaranch pointed out.

“What we are trying to impress the world with in Beijing 2022 is to make use of resources more efficiently. Bigger is not better, spending more is not better. It is not only about saving money, it's about saving everything, saving natural resources, being more sustainable, being more efficient and leaving a better legacy,” he added.

Returning for the first Coordination Commission meeting since June last year, Samaranch was happy at the progress made and was impressed in particular at signs that the Zhangjiakou competition zone was forging a new tourism industry.

The Beijing zone has 13 competition and non-competition venues, many of them a legacy of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The other two competition clusters in Zhangjiakou and Yanqing has included the long-term development needs of those cities.

On the first day of his visit, Samaranch and the Coordination Commission visited various venues in the capital city discovering that athletes will be in close proximity of competition venues. Other impressive facets included the pool at the National Aquatics Centre being transformed into a curling venue for the Games while the Olympic villages will be used as a part of wider development plans for rented housing.

Yang Ying, a young Chinese curler who competed at the 2017 Asian Winter Games for the national women’s team and is training for Beijing 2022, said: “The Water Cube in 2008 will be transformed into the Ice Cube in 2022. It is also inheriting a legacy from 2008.”

* Meanwhile the IOC announced that insurance giant Allianz will soon join forces with the Olympic movement and become a worldwide Olympic Insurance partner. The partnership will run from 2021 to 2028.



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