IOC commissioners begin inspections of Beijing’s 2022 bid

IOC evaluators began a five-day inspection tour of Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, in a key test of the city’s status as a front-runner in the competition for hosting rights. Following meetings, the 19-member Evaluation Commission was visiting Beijing’s indoor sites for hockey, skating and curling, along with the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium used for the 2008 Summer Games.

Later in the week, they’ll check proposed skiing and

IOC evaluators began a five-day inspection tour of Beijingand#39s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, in a key test of the cityand#39s status as a front-runner in the competition for hosting rights.

Following meetings, the 19-member Evaluation Commission was visiting Beijingand#39s indoor sites for hockey, skating and curling, along with the iconic Birdand#39s Nest stadium used for the 2008 Summer Games.

Later in the week, theyand#39ll check proposed skiing and sliding venues further outside the city. Beijing is competing against Almaty, Kazakhstan, and is seeking to become the first city to host both the summer and winter games.

Chinese organizers say Beijing hosting the games would be a boon for winter sports globally by raising their profile in the worldand#39s most populous nation. Most of the proposed venues are left over from the 2008 Games, leading to significant cost savings in keeping with the IOCand#39s Olympic Agenda 2020 goals for a more frugal, athlete-oriented games adopted last year In all, Beijing plans to spend $3.

9 billion on infrastructure and operations, a small fraction of the $51 billion spent by Russia on the 2014 Sochi Games The inspectors concluded a visit to Almaty last month, after which Kazakh organizers announced venue changes they say will make the games more efficient and save more than $500 million. The International Olympic Committee will select the host city on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The Chinese government has pledged full support for the 2022 bid and will provide solid financial and legal guarantees, Vice Premier Liu Yandong told evaluators at a ceremony Tuesday morning.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman