Water Cube holds forum on its Olympic experience

By Zhang Liying
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A youth team dedicated to the preparation of the 2022 Winter Olympics was launched at the Water Cube on Sept. 10. [photo courtesy of Water Cube]

A forum was held at the Water Cube, also known as the National Aquatics Center, in Beijing on Sept. 10. Organizers shared how they are preparing the venue for the Winter Olympic Games and using it to promote the Olympic spirit.

The forum gathered athletes, media personnel and members from several organizations including the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Beijing Olympic City Development Association, and the Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office to discuss how to better prepare the venue for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The Water Cube, which was built for swimming and diving contests for the 2008 Summer Olympics, will be converted to the "Ice Cube" to host curling events during the 2022 Winter Games.

A plan for the renovation of the Water Cube as well as its use after the Winter Olympics has been unveiled at the forum, highlighting the venue's dual functions for both summer and winter sports, as well as its longer-term sustainability as a sporting venue.

The forum also featured the formation of a youth team dedicated to the preparation of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Over the past decade, since the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Water Cube has developed into a multi-purpose center hosting sports events, performances, fashion shows and public welfare activities.

Statistics from the venue's owner, Beijing State-owned Assets Management Co. shows that the Water Cube has hosted more than 1,000 events, serving 21.68 million visitors from China and abroad.

The facility, after its transformation into the "Ice Cube", is expected to continue operations and preserve the legacies of both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

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