44 projects underway entering Winter Olympics' 1,000-day countdown

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As Beijing readies for the start of the thousand-day countdown for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Friday, the Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office on Thursday announced that 44 out of 52 projects for the event have begun construction.

Among the projects, the sliding track currently under construction at the National Sliding Centre is China's first sliding track. At present, workers are spraying concrete onto the track in the Yanqing competition zone, a major step in the construction. All the spraying work will be finished by August to prepare for a sliding test next March, according to the construction company.

A utility tunnel in Yanqing is also under construction. The 7.9-kilometer long tunnel will be used to provide snow-making water, domestic water, electricity, cable, etc. for two competition venues and two non-competition sites there.

All the four new venues in Yanqing have begun construction. So far, 57% of the construction of the National Alpine Ski Centre and 52% of the construction of the National Sliding Centre have been finished.

Fourteen projects in the downtown Beijing competition zone have begun construction. According to the Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office, the National Speed Skating Oval (or the Ice Ribbon) will finish construction by the end of this year. The National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, is being upgraded to accommodate ice sports. The project is expected to complete by July next year.

Among the 31 auxiliary infrastructure projects for the Winter Olympics, 26 have already begun construction, and 18 of them will be completed this year.

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