A high-level Beijing 2022 delegation presented its bid for the 2022 Olympic Games Friday to the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand.
Beijing’s bid team told reporters prior to the presentation that the city had developed plans to improve its notorious air pollution, which it said would not present any problems to the athletes in the outdoor events in the mountains and the indoor events in Beijing.
Beijing’s Mayor Wang Anshun, who flew in for the presentation, told the general assembly, “with the Olympic Games the city of Beijing aims to make history by becoming the first city that has hosted both the Summer Games and the Winter Games. Beijing is inspired by the aspirations of the Olympic movement and with your support, Beijing will rise to host eh 2022 Winter Olympic Games. We will host a Games that is secure, reliable and risk-free.
Beijing showed a promotional video called “Joyful Rendezvous in Pure Ice and Snow” which featured venues like the Water Cube and the promise of a high-speed rail link 200 km to Zhangjiakou, the proposed hub for snow sports.
Wang said a Beijing Games could ignite winter sports interest in a catchment marked of 300 million, and would promise further economic opportunities through infrastructure projects.
The Mayor said the Beijing Games would be held February 4-20.
Beijing wants to become the first city to hold both the Summer and Winter Games. He said, the Games will be reliable, secure and risk-free.
The host city for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be selected next year at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) assembly in Kuala Lumur, Malaysia on July 31.