Regional rotation obstacle for Beijing’s Games bid: Yang

By Lu Wenao Source:Global Times Published: 2014-8-9 0:23:01

New music festival solicits theme song

The regional rotation of the Olympic Games is the major disadvantage for Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Yang Yang told the Global Times.

A potential hosting of the 2022 event would follow two Olympic events that are already scheduled to be hosted in East Asia: The 2018 Winter Olympic Games will stage in Pyeongchang, South Korea before a Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.

On the day of the sixth anniversary of the opening day of 2008 Summer Olympic Games, local authorities joined hands with the Beijing Olympic City Development Association to launch the Beijing Olympic Music Festival (BOMF), which is also soliciting the theme song for Beijing's 2022 bid.

The BOMF will be held once in two years in the future, according to the organizers.

Beijing is in contest with Oslo, Norway and Almaty, Kazakhstan for the 2022 host, which will be decided at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015. Detailed biding files will be handed to the IOC on January 7 in 2015.

Yang, a former Chinese short track speed skater who bagged China's very first golf medal in the Winter Games at the 2002 Salt Lake City event, said Beijing has multiple advantages despite the regional rotation problem.

"We've already hosted the 2008 Summer Games, so the world has recognized our organization ability," Yang told the Global Times.

China's economic stability will also boost Beijing's tender, Yang argued.

During the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the IOC held its 126th session which featured a new strategy, initiated by IOC President Thomas Bach, centering around three overarching themes: sustainability, credibility and youth. The Sochi event was the most expensive Olympic Games in history, costing in excess of $50 billion, and raising widespread concerns of endemic corruption in the construction process.

Yang is also a little worried that people in South China, where snow is only seen on television, wouldn't be that supportive of national efforts in the 2022 bid.

"It's all about the popularizing of the Winter Games," she said. "Though it's a bid from Beijing, jointly launched by Zhangjiakou, but sports has no boundaries, it's about the whole nation."

Yang also said that Winter Games could spark young people and children to have more options in their winter entertainment.

 "In winter, people are reluctant to get out due to the cold, but winter sports like skating offer them the chance to exercise."

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