Beijing bid success benefits from focus on sports development: Brazil minister

2015-08-01 00:19:02 GMT2015-08-01 08:19:02(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Brazil Sports Minister George Hilton said that Beijing's win over 2022 Winter Olympics is a result of Chinese government's long term focus on sports development.

Beijing beat Kazakhsatan city Almaty, the only other contender, in the IOC vote held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, earlier on Friday to become the first city to host a summer and winter Games.

"We congratulate China's another success in bidding for the Olympics. China will undoubtedly gain many medals at the Games. Beijing's win over 2022 Winter Olympics is a result of Chinese government's long term focus on sports development," Hilton said in a statement to Xinhua on Friday.

"Brazil has already taken lots of experience from China and we have every interest in cooperation with China in order to make the 2022 Games a worldwide success," he said.

"China is having a great moment right now in various sectors, such as energy and business trade. With the previous experience of holding an amazing Summer Olympics, I believe there is a great chance for Beijing," he added.

The Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics was hailed as "truly exceptional" by then IOC president Jacques Rogge. With its 2022 Winter Olympics concept of hosting athlete-centered, sustainable and economical Games, China looks to making further contribution to the Olympic Movement.

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