China will make a bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

2013-11-05 23:58:57 GMT2013-11-06 07:58:57(Beijing Time)

Beijing and the northern city Zhangjiakou will bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The Chinese Olympic Committee sent a formal nomination letter to the International Olympic Committee on Sunday and the bid is supported by the Chinese government, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday.

“The China Olympic Committee believes Beijing and Zhangjiakou have the natural conditions and infrastructure to successfully host the Winter Olympics,” the committee said in a statement.

“The bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics will further improve the development of the Chinese Olympic cause, display the comprehensive power of China and push forward the coordinated development of the economies of the two cities,” it said.

Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics. Under the 2022 bid plans, Beijing would hold the ice events.

Zhangjiakou, a city surrounded by mountains with ski resorts 160 kilometers northwest of Beijing in the neighboring province of Hebei, would host the snow events. There are many hotels being built in the valley towns serving the ski resorts.

A high speed train line linking the two cities is scheduled to open next year.

The deadline to submit a bid to the IOC is November 14.

China has previously bid for the Winter Olympics. Harbin failed to secure the 2010 Winter Games, which went to Vancouver, Canada.

Almaty, Kazakhstan, has already lodged a 2022 bid. Other potential contenders include Oslo, Norway; Munich; Lviv, Ukraine; and a joint bid from Poland and Slovakia.

The IOC will select the 2022 host city in 2015.

The chances of Asia getting the games in 2022 appear remote, as Pyeongchang, South Korea, will host the 2018 Winter Games and Tokyo will stage the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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