|Chinese FM Spokesperson's Comments on Remarks of Vice-President of IOC John Coates on Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games|
At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on 14 October, spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question on the remarks about Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics of Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) John Coates.
Journalist: Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) John Coates said on October 13 that the IOC will not pressure 2022 Winter Olympics host China over its human rights record because it is not in the governing body’s remit to dictate to sovereign countries. It is pointless for any country to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics. Do you have any comment?
Zhao Lijian: We appreciate his remarks. The Beijing Winter Olympics will be held in February, 2022. Guided by the principles of hosting "green, inclusive, open and clean" events, China has carried out all preparatory work with high standards and high quality. Important progress has been made in stadium and infrastructure construction. The event organization and service have been carried out in an orderly manner. The successful opening of the test events will lay a more solid foundation for the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
The Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics are a grand gathering for countries and a fair stage for athletes from all over the world to compete. Beijing will be the first city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. This is an important contribution China will make to the International Olympic movement. Winter sports lovers around the world are looking forward to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
China is ready to work with the rest of the international community to oppose the politicization of sports, demonstrate the new Olympic spirit of being "together", render each other help and assistance in times of need, and work hand-in-hand “Together for a Shared Future”.
China is fully confident to deliver a simple, safe and splendid Olympic Games to the world. Athletes from all countries will feel welcome here in China, where they can show the splendor of winter sports on ice and snow.