Chinese President's envoy Liu Yandong meets IOC President Bach

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/2/26 8:18:13

Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy Liu Yandong met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Sunday, saying that China will fully honor its commitment to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and to host a "splendid, fantastic and extraordinary" Games "with new ideas".

Liu, Chinese Vice Premier, conveyed President Xi's cordial greetings to Bach and expressed congratulations to the IOC chief on the success of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

She said that by sending Han Zheng, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and herself as President Xi's special envoys to attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the PyeongChang Olympics, China has fully shown its firm support of the Olympic Movement and South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympic Games.

Under the complex and sensitive circumstances on the Korean Peninsula, the successful hosting of the PyeongChang Games has fully embodied the Olympic spirit, which requires peace, friendship and cooperation and showed the power of sports and the irreplaceable role that sports could play in safeguarding world peace and promoting friendships among the people, she said.

Liu added that China has always been in firm support of the IOC and President Xi's visit to the IOC headquarters last year has pushed the relations between China and the IOC to a new level.

She said that China is willing to make greater contributions to the Olympic affairs.

With the closing of the PyeongChang Olympics, the Winter Olympic Games will enter Beijing Time. The four years leading to the Beijing Winter Olympics will be the time with historical significance.

Liu said that the Chinese government attaches great importance to and strongly supports the preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics and all the preparations are well underway.

China is willing to draw on PyeongChang's experience of hosing the Olympics and will fully honor the commitment it made when bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics and hold on to the idea of hosting the Games on a green, sharing, open and clean basis, in order to deliver to the world a splendid, fantastic and extraordinary Winter Olympics, Liu added.

Bach, for his part, expressed his thanks to China's consistent support of IOC and strong support of South Korea in PyeongChang's successful hosting of the Winter Olympic Games.

He believes China will deliver a successful 2022 Winter Games, which will be another wonderful example of Olympic Games like the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The IOC will continue its close collaboration and cooperation with China to ensure a successful 2022 Winter Olympics, he said.

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