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IOC Evaluation Commission inspects in Beijing

The race to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games is now on the homestretch, as China presented the plans for its joint Beijing and Zhangjiakou bid to the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission. The 19-member commission is chaired by Alexander Zhukov, President of the Russian Olympic Committee, who offered some comments on Beijing’s preparations.

Presentation on March 24 centered around issues including the Olympics’ prospects, legacy, sustainability, venues, and the Athletes’ Village. It also comes after the IOC released the Olympic Agenda 2020 late last year, setting a strategic road map for the future of the global sports event. China’s bid team noted that its philosophy -- namely “athlete-centered, sustainable and economical” -- is perfectly in sync with that agenda.

Meanwhile, the evaluation commission visited potential venues such as the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube on March 24. They were centerpieces of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and will be put to use again if China wins winter hosting duties.

The proposal calls for the opening and closing ceremonies to be staged at the Bird’s Nest, while the women’s ice hockey will take place at the Wukesong Arena, and the curling competitions at the Water Cube.