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Old August 3rd, 2015, 06:01 AM   #21
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Venues for the 2022 Games : http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sports/...t_21388755.htm
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 03:01 PM   #23
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The reason why Almaty lost was that those who didn't vote for them (the obvious choice) voted for Beijing because they knew that China could deliver and has a far stronger economy than Kazakhstan, even though both nations are authoritarian to some degree.

Almaty and Kazakhstan were trailing way behind the Chinese, had there been Oslo or even Krakow in the mix, they would be trailing still. They promised growing economy to be top 30 soon, touted their existing venues, promised key projects to be done by the 2017 Winter Universiade to be hosted there, alongside hosting experience as well. Then we have a far more compact bid than Beijing's.

It didn't matter in the end when 44 IOC members voted for the city they knew and country that could deliver. All this human rights thing was a no-brainer since they already went through all of this in 2008.


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Challenge of frugal and green Winter Olympics
14 August 2015
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Stakes are high as Beijing must ensure enough water to manufacture snow while continuing to fight pollution

The International Olympic Committee recently awarded the 2022 Winter Olympic Games to Beijing, which will host the sports gala with Zhangjiakou, a city in neighboring Hebei province.

In the West, the response has been apprehensive, presumably because of concerns over rising costs and environmental damage. Indeed, the pride of hosting the Olympics has lost much of its luster in recent years. The Athens 2004 Summer Olympics left Greece with $11 billion in debt, and the cost of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics soared to $51 billion.

Last year, the IOC presented its Olympic Agenda 2020 aimed at promoting sustainability and reducing costs. The agenda seeks to transform the Olympics into a "plug-and-play" event. Moreover, selected host cities must fit the games into their environment with minimal damage.

In 2008, Beijing shut down many factories and plants to curb pollution, and the cost of hosting the Summer Olympics was $44 billion. During the 2022 Winter Games, however, Beijing hopes to portray a greener China, with a construction budget of only $3.1 billion.

At the same time, the capital region is likely to benefit from investments in infrastructure, including the Beijing-Zhangjiakou intercity railways, expansion of Beijing subway systems, upgraded highway networks and another regional airport.

What about the environmental effects?

Beijing's vision is to develop a winter sports market for more than 300 million people in northern China. The plan is to reuse 11 of 12 venues built for the 2008 Olympics. The goal is to integrate the Winter Games with sustainable development plans for the wider region, focusing on clean energy, green technology, and improvement in ecology and air quality.

In 2008, polluting factories were moved out of Beijing, and anti-smog regulations were implemented during the games. But the smog returned with revenge after the Summer Games. In 2022, the city's air is expected to be significantly better, thanks to the government's $7.6 billion anti-smog program, which is not directly linked to the Winter Games.

The skiing events will be held in the mountains of Zhangjiakou in Hebei, one of China's most polluted provinces. In the arid region, the ultimate challenge is to make snow for the duration of the Winter Games.

In Sochi, Russia stockpiled snow. Beijing aims to manufacture most of the snow in an environmentally friendly way. The IOC has suggested that Beijing may be overestimating its supplies and underestimating the water needed to make snow, but it believes "adequate water for Games needs could be supplied".
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Old August 20th, 2015, 03:44 AM   #25
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Even all critics Beijing was the best option
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Old August 26th, 2015, 08:44 PM   #26
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Best of 2, didnt have to push that hard.
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Old September 7th, 2015, 06:24 PM   #27
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Arguably it wasn't the best option. Almaty is practically a resort town, with ski slopes barely 20km away from the city centre. And the mountains get ample snowfall in Winter. Unfortunately they have weak infrastructure.

The ecological footprint of these games in Beijing-Zhangjiakou could be massive considering northern China is suffering from a chronic water shortage and pollution problem. They are also battling desertification.
At least whatever snowfall there is, natural or artificial, will stick since their Winters are glacial.
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In this case Beijing was the best option. Seeing how volatile the eur-Asian region might get due to the low oil prices.
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Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics committee to be established soon
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11-05-2015

The two-day Orientation Seminar for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, conducted by the International Olympic Committee, concluded in Beijing.

The 12-member delegation of the IOC helped the organizers of the multi-sports spectacle get more familiar with the task at hand.

Twelve specialists from the IOC shared their experiences of different aspects in hosting a Winter Games, including manufracture constructions, games services, brand protection and commercial development.

They also pointed out the differences between hosting a Winter Games and a Summer Games, saying Beijing should make full use of the natural resources to create a good environment for the outdoor sports.

After the seminar, the organizing work will officially begin, and the organizing committee will be established very soon.
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In this case Beijing was the best option. Seeing how volatile the eur-Asian region might get due to the low oil prices.
Almaty has $75 billion in the bank, regardless of the change in oil prices. They already proved they could pay for it.

Choosing Beijing was not the best option, it was the soft option and the IOC took it. It will do nothing for the Olympic movement to go back to Beijing. Choosing Almaty, while a minor risk, would have advanced the Olympic movement in leaps and bounds.
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Old March 16th, 2016, 04:25 PM   #31
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Experts call for sustainable post-Olympics development for skiing sector
14 March 2016
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As the Chinese skiing industry gains momentum ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, observers have called for a top-down design to integrate relevant businesses and provide sustainable post-Olympic development.

Since July, when Beijing and co-host Zhangjiakou in Hebei province won the rights to stage the 2022 Games, an investment boom in the winter recreation sector has resulted in the construction of 108 new ski resorts in North China, according to the 2015 China Report on the Ski Resort Industry, released at the Asia Pacific Snow Conference last month.

The report said 568 ski resorts were operating in 25 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions last year, attracting 12.5 million visitors (including repeat visitors), a rise of 21 percent from 2014.

However, pundits have warned that the growth shouldn't disguise a lack of integrated thinking and planning in business development, which is a pressing issue for the country's ambitions to promote winter sports.

"To avoid a waste of resources and operational difficulties after the Olympics, local governments and property developers should take local tourism, accommodation and transportation, and environmental protection plans into consideration in the bigger picture," said Yang Hua, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Yang, a former principal of Beijing Sport University, suggested that Chongli, a county in Zhangjiakou, which will host most of the skiing events at the 2022 Games, should learn from the experience of Davos, the Swiss alpine resort town that has developed a world-famous conference and exhibition industry in tandem with skiing and tourism.

Yang Jingzhi, former deputy director of the Hebei province sports bureau, urged Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei to work closely to design and develop the regional skiing industry and related businesses.

Following President Xi Jinping's call to develop winter sports, Beijing 2022 set a target to involve 300 million people in skating and skiing in the run-up to the Winter Olympics.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 08:29 AM   #32
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Beijing works to let sustainable Games begin
16 May 2016
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The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Winter Olympics opens to the media on Friday. It is located in the former Shougang Group production complex in Beijing. Wang Zhuangfei / China Daily

Beijing has started fulfilling its promise to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in a sustainable way by refurbishing an abandoned industrial complex to house the event's organizing committee.

At the dilapidated Shougang Group steel mill site, mine silos and corroded warehouses have been transformed into offices for 160 staff members of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

In February, when all the renovations are finished, about 1,000 employees will settle in to prepare the 2022 Winter Olympics, according to committee officials.

The factory closed in 2010, when Shougang moved its steel plant out of the capital.

Its repurposing follows President Xi Jinping's call for a frugal approach to hosting the Games while complying with the International Olympic Committee's reform proposal, said Guo Huaigang, director of the committee's Secretarial and Administrative Department.

Liang Zongping, Shougang board director, said the resettlement and refurbishment presented the company an opportunity for reforming outmoded industry.

"We have started planning for the site's post-Olympics operation in winter sports entertaining and related service sectors," he said.

Liang said the old venues being refurbished have passed third-party environmental tests for safe use as offices.

Boasting existing facilities and organizing expertise from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Beijing, with co-host city Zhangjiakou, in neighboring Hebei province, won the rights in July 2015 to host the 2022 Winter Olympics at three venue clusters in downtown Beijing, the capital's northwestern Yanqing county and Zhangjiakou.

At an organization briefing in March, President Xi stressed that innovation, green-development and frugality and opening-up should be employed in Games preparations, in line with IOC proposals to reduce Olympics bidding and hosting costs.

The organizing committee, chaired by Beijing Party chief Guo Jinlong, will now focus on finalizing the designs of all facilities before construction begins on other venues and urban infrastructure later this year.
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So I guess the "games cant be in the same continent two times in a row"-thing is gone now?
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So I guess the "games cant be in the same continent two times in a row"-thing is gone now?
For the winter olympics yes, since the interest of the cities to bid is very low and limited, let alone that you can't host winter sports everywhere in the world. Only a few can and even fewer cities want to do so. Of course in the summer olympics bid race happens exactly the opposite.
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Too bad South America has its winter in the summer.
Santiago would be a pretty cool Winter Olympics site.
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It'll be interesting to see if Beijing pulls off another great Games, but this time without the PR disasters dogging every Games since 2004:

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I actually feel that the winter olympics in China is a waste of time? Not many people in China are interested in winter sports and although Beijing is cold, Liaoning and NE China are even COLDER.
Instead of having winter olympics, it would have been better to have the football world cup instead.
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Too bad South America has its winter in the summer.
Santiago would be a pretty cool Winter Olympics site.
bariloche in Argentina or santiago in chile
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I think that it'll be especular!! for sure!!
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2022 Olympics plans praised by inspectors
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Members of the International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission who completed a second visit to the Beijing area on Tuesday said they remain convinced of the area's ability to host a successful Olympic Winter Games with long-lasting benefits in 2022.

The two-day visit, including field inspections of four venues and a meeting with the Beijing 2022 organizing committee, was intended to oversee the area's preparations for the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games.

The plans include sustainability and reuse of refurbished facilities, such as those built for the 2008 Summer Games, as well as incorporating the region's economic and social development.

"We are very pleased with the progress made by Beijing 2022 to deliver a successful, athlete-centered Olympic Winter Games. This visit has given us full confidence that this ambition will be realized," Alexander Zhukov, chair of the commission, said at the closing news conference on Tuesday.

Sites visited by the commission on Monday were the National Speed Skating Oval, the Wukesong Arena, Capital Gymnasium and the organizing committee's headquarters at Shougang Industry Park, which will be used by the community after the Games. On Tuesday, they listened to briefings from Beijing 2022 in six aspects such as updates on venue design, construction and marketing.

"It's impressive to see how Beijing 2022 has not only capitalized on the legacy from 2008 but has also integrated long-lasting, sustainable benefits," said Zhukov, an IOC member and the president of Russian Olympic Committee.

Beijing will stage all events on ice, including ice hockey and skating, at downtown venues including Wukesongthe basketball arena for 2008 - and the newly built Speed Skating Oval.

Northwest Beijing's Yanqing county is to host Alpine skiing, bobsled, skeleton and luge, while co-host city Zhangjiakou in Hebei province will stage the remaining skiing events at existing facilities that will be upgraded.

Zhang Jiandong, executive vice-president of the Beijing 2022 organizing committee, said all venue design, construction and infrastructure, including the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway, are on schedule.

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