Pyeongchang Olympics debrief held in Beijing

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The Pyeongchang 2018 Debrief kicked off at the headquarters of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games on June 4.

The debriefing was held to provide the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games with successful practices and experience on organizing and running competitions, and to give support in terms of technology, knowledge and talents.

Cai Qi, secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games, welcomed representatives from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other institutions at the debriefing.

He said the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games was well-organized and featured high-end technologies and a unique culture, and that the event was a big success and left a good impression on people's minds. "Today, it's of great significance for people to meet at the Shougang Industrial Park, a symbol of China's efforts to upgrade the steel industry and improve air quality."

Cai went on to say that the Beijing Organizing Committee chose the Shougang Industrial Park as its base to showcase the city's commitment to a "green" Winter Olympics and the protection of industrial heritages.

To push forward the upgrading of the park and build a model for city reconstruction, Beijing has launched the construction of training venues for ice sports, and will build a ski jumping center and a museum for the Winter Games, he said.

Cai said the Beijing 2022 Winter Games is a major event in China. President Xi Jinping gave important instructions, stressing that Beijing will host a green, open-minded and corruption-free Olympic event in a shared manner. In an effort to incorporate the guidelines of Olympic Agenda 2020, Beijing will pay attention to sustainable development and heritage protection for a green and shared Olympic Games. The city will also attach great importance to international exchanges for an open-minded Olympic event, and reducing costs to achieve a corruption-free Olympic event.

Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, said in his speech that Beijing has practiced the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020 since the beginning of preparations for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. "We learned that most of the competition venues in Beijing are the venues used in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and the Shougang Industrial Park is a model in the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020, presenting a new roadmap for urban management."

Bach said that, under the guidelines of Olympic Agenda 2020, the Beijing Organizing Committee has demonstrated the concept of sustainable development in its city planning. In particular, China hoped to get a boost in the health of Chinese citizens, the air quality and sustainable development of the regional economy from the Olympic Games. He said the IOC appreciates Beijing's efforts to achieve the goals that are in line with Olympic Agenda.

Lee Hee-beom, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said this year's event was safe, clean and open-minded, and the accumulated experience will be shared with Beijing and future host cities.

Officials from the IOC, the Beijing Organizing Committee, and representatives of future host cities attended the debriefing.

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