|Chinese FM Spokesperson: Beijing Is Turning A Beautiful Olympic Blueprint Into Reality|
At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on 29 December, spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question about Beijing Winter Olympics.
Journalist:International Olympic Committee (IOC) senior member Dick Pound expressed confidence in the Beijing Winter Olympics by saying in a recent interview that, “In the sense of having a host country that could organize and put on an excellent Games from a Games perspective, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with China”. Do you have any comment?
Zhao Lijian: Just as Mr. Pound said, “When we award the Games to a country ... it’s done on the basis of the importance of the country as a sporting nation and its ability to organize Games at the level that the world now expects”. Since Beijing won the bid in 2015 to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and established its organizing committee, the entire preparatory team has been forging ahead with concrete steps, turning a beautiful Olympic blueprint into reality.
We are now in the final week of 2021. In less than 40 days, the curtain will rise on the Beijing Winter Olympics. The year 2021 has been a crucial year with preparatory work on all fronts progressing steadily toward full completion. It has been a year of many major events in the Olympic calendar. For example, all competition venues for the Games were made ready; the Olympic torch for Beijing 2022 bearing the name “Flying” was introduced to the world; the official motto “Together for a Shared Future” and official posters were released; the flame lighting, handover and welcome ceremonies were held successfully; the Olympic and Paralympic medals named “Tongxin” as well as uniforms and gear were all unveiled; and ice-sports test events were successfully held. While advancing efficient and high-level preparation for the Games, we have also ensured solid epidemic prevention and control to protect the safety and health of all personnel participating in the Games as well as the public.
The excellent preparatory work for the Beijing Winter Olympics has been witnessed by all. Athletes and people from all walks of life in many countries as well as international organizations including the International Olympic Committee have all said that they support and look forward to the Beijing Olympics.
Preparation for the Games has entered the home stretch. Beijing, a city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics, will present a streamlined, safe and splendid event for the world.