FIS and IOC prepare for Beijing 2022 and beyond
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper and Secretary General Sarah Lewis attended the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, which completed its second inspection visit to the Chinese capital on June 13.
On the first day, the Coordination Commission visited four sites in Beijing – the new National Speed Skating Oval, the Capital Indoor Stadium, Wukesong Sports Centre and the Shougang Industry Park. The Capital Indoor Stadium and Wukesong Arena were used during the Summer Olympic Games in 2008, and will be repurposed for the Olympic Winter Games. Alpine skiing events will be hosted outside the city in the Yanqing District.
On day two, Beijing 2022 gave a series of presentations that included updates on venue and competition plans for both the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, organizational structure, and advances made in marketing and communications projects.
Just before the trip, Kasper attended the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the Board discussed changes to the process for candidate cities hoping to host the Games in future years.
Speaking at a press conference, IOC President Thomas Bach emphasized that, whereas the decision about awarding the Olympic Games 2024 is about a seizing a unique opportunity, the evolution of the candidature process for the Olympic Games 2026 is about addressing the specific challenge that the candidature process has become too expensive and too onerous, and produces too many losers. For the 2026 candidature process, the IOC will take a more proactive role in assisting and supporting cities considering a candidature. The IOC will customize its approach to the needs of the cities in order for them to develop the best value proposition. These measures will lead to a simplified process for the cities with reduced costs. The new approach will be discussed at the IOC Session in July.
Release courtesy of FIS