Former Beijing mayor Guo named chief organizer of 2022 Winter Olympics

Former Beijing mayor Guo Jinlong has been appointed organizing committee chief for the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Chinese capital, the Xinhua news agency reported late Tuesday.

“We shall ensure every task is accomplished,” Guo said at a launch ceremony of the organizing committee in the presence of Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

Beijing beat Kazakhstan’s Almaty in a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Gou was Beijing mayor between 2008 and 2012, and the Summer Olympics 2008 were held during his tenure.

The two famous 2008 venue, the Bird’s Nest stadium and Water Cube indoor arena, are to be used again in 2022, while the majority of snow sports are to be held IN Zhangjiakou. A high-speed train will connect the two centres of the Games.

China’s hosting of the Winter Games has drawn criticism because of pollution issues and lack of natural snow at the mountain venues.

“We will promote winter sports and develop winter sports industry in a bid to attract 300 million people to ice and snow,” said Chinese Olympic Committee president Liu Peng who is also executive president of the 2022 organizing committee. GNA

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