‘Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 will change the landscape of winter sport forever,’ Thomas Bach
The Beijing Winter Olympics will see the Chinese capital become the first city to host both the summer and winter Games and International Olympic Association (IOC) president Thomas Bach reckons that the historic Games will revolutionise winter sports. Despite the global pandemic ravaging the world, the IOC has decided to go ahead with the Games given the success of the Tokyo Olympics last year.
While infections among the organisisng committee memebers soar, the organisers are confident of pulling off a great show. All eyes will be on China as the controversies around the event, especially the boycott by the US and its allies along with the rapidly spreading Omicron variant has put the Winter Games in the global spotlight.
“We can only become stronger if we stand together in solidarity,” Thomas Bach
Ahead of the Winter Olympics 2022, CMG, a rights-holding broadcaster of the Winter Olympics, hosted a forum in Beijing under the theme of “Together for a high-tech Winter Olympics.” Adressing the fourm, Thomas Bach is excited to witness the historic Games kick off in the Chinese capital as athletes ebrace the new normal.
“The fact that can only join you virtually for this CMG Forum demonstrates that the global coronavirus pandemic is still very much a reality for all of us. This is why? As you gather in Beijing and online, I would like to congratulate the China Media Group and President Shen for having overcome the many challenges in an innovative way to make this Forum possible,” said Bach.
“In only a few days from now Beijing will make history as the first city ever to host both summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 will change the landscape of winter sport forever engaging 300 million Chinese people with sport in snow and ice…. We can only go faster, we can only aim higher, we can only become stronger if we stand together in solidarity,” he added.
The Winter Olympics are officially set to kick off on February 4, but the action actually gets underway two days earlier, on February 2. The Opening Ceremony will take place at the National Stadium in Beijing on Friday. The Beijing Winter Games will see 109 medal events being given out across 15 sports.