Xi Jinping’s love affair with the Winter Olympics

2022-06-15 0 By

On July 31, 2015, the world chose Beijing.On February 4, 2022, Beijing amazed the world.”From nothing to something!In 2015, we won the bid, and in keeping with the vision and objectives proposed at that time, we have done everything as planned.It’s not easy to get here.”Xi Jinping, general Secretary of the Communist Party of China, on the eve of the Opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics.”The Beijing Winter Olympics have been very successful.The athletes are very happy and very satisfied.”International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach also heartily praised.Step by step, moment by moment engraved in the deep memory of the Chinese people.During his visit to Sochi, Russia in early 2014, President Xi Jinping attended 12 bilateral and multilateral events over 43 hours. He did not forget to work for China’s bid for the Winter Olympics.Bach and the international community were deeply moved by his proposal to popularize ice and snow sports among 300 million people.”I believe that if you choose Beijing, the Chinese people will surely deliver a wonderful, extraordinary and excellent Winter Olympics to the world in Beijing,” President Xi Jinping said to the world at the critical moment of the Olympic bid.Solemn commitment became a key factor in China’s successful bid.During the amazing eight minutes in Beijing at the closing ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, President Xi Jinping, on behalf of China, made an invitation to the world: “I and hundreds of millions of Chinese people, welcome friends from all over the world to Beijing in 2022!Welcome, friends!”At the Beijing Wukesong Sports Center, the National Alpine Skiing Center, and the Erqi Ice and snow Training Base…General Secretary Xi Jinping sent a loud “Come on” message to the organizers, athletes and service personnel of the Winter Olympics, conveying to the world China’s determination to fulfill its bidding commitments.On the last day of 2021, just over a month before the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, President Xi Jinping declared in his New Year’s speech: “We will dedicate ourselves to hosting a grand Olympic Games for the world.The world is looking to China and China is ready.”…………………Looking back at China’s winter Olympics, General Secretary Xi Jinping led the way from bidding to preparing for the games.Chinese President Xi Jinping and President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach attend the opening ceremony of the 24th Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, Capital of China, On Feb 4, 2022.On February 4, 2022, when the Olympic flame was lit at the National Stadium “Bird’s Nest” for the first time in 14 years, Beijing became the first Olympic city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.The clock goes back to August 20, 2015, 20 days after the bid was won.General Secretary Xi Jinping chaired a meeting to hear reports on the bid and study preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.At the meeting, he clearly put forward the concept of green, shared, open and clean hosting of the Olympics.More than six years later, this concept became an important guide for preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics.Over the years, General Secretary Xi Jinping has made five on-the-spot visits to the preparations for the Winter Olympics.Beijing, Yanqing, Zhangjiakou three competition areas have left his “winter Olympics footprint”.In front of the sand table of the master plan of the Beijing Winter Olympics venues, he looked carefully and thought carefully: “We should use the concept of saving, green and clean to plan the construction and utilization of venues.”In the main media center of the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics, he learned the “double closed-loop” management mode carefully: “Closed-loop management is very necessary, and the design must be scientific and reasonable, so that the smooth holding of the Winter Olympics cannot be affected by the rigid and simple and extensive management.””It will be an unforgettable life experience to tell participants about the ancient and modern Beijing and let them feel the hospitality of the Chinese people,” he said in the village………………….”Simple, safe and wonderful” is China’s promise.Xi’s words are eloquent: “We will not only host a successful Winter Olympics, but also make it unique, splendid and unique.”The “Ice Ribbon” and “Snow Dragon” competition venues are both beautiful and creative, setting the world’s largest;A safe, warm and comfortable “athlete’s home” — three Winter Olympic villages were put into use as scheduled;The Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway and the Beijing-Li High-speed Railway were opened to traffic, creating a one-hour traffic circle between the two cities and three sports zones…Countless participants in the preparations for the Winter Olympics have kept their feet firmly on the ground and made the beautiful blueprint of the Winter Olympics a reality step by step.”It is almost a miracle that preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics have gone smoothly despite the epidemic.”International public opinion is heartfelt praise.President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, inspects the National Ski Jumping Center in Zhangjiakou, North China’s Hebei Province, Jan 19, 2021.General Secretary Xi Jinping’s concern is that “the competition should be excellent, and the competition should also be excellent”.He pointed out: “At present, the trend of ice sports in China is that ice is stronger than snow, and ice sports should consolidate their advantages and reach a new level;Snow sports to catch up, catch up.”Never forget, there will be echoes.At the Beijing Winter Olympics, the Chinese delegation participated in all sports for the first time, including 35 events.”We have taken the first step and believe alpine skiing will continue to grow in China in the future.”Xu Mingfu, 24, from Jilin province, made the historic breakthrough of “the first Chinese athlete to participate in and complete the men’s downhill in alpine skiing at the Olympic Games” with years of hard work.”All the other titles, just one Olympic gold!”China’s Xu Mengtao, competing at her fourth Winter Olympics, won the gold medal in the women’s freestyle aerials final in Beijing.China’s Gao Tingyu has stunned the world with an Olympic record time of 34.32 seconds in the men’s 500m speed skating competition at the Beijing Winter Olympics.”This gold medal is just the beginning of China’s speed skating.”After winning, he wrote on social media, “We will set more records and win more gold MEDALS on this rink.””How many strokes in life!Take the opportunity to be yourself.It takes ten years to sharpen a sword, but five years to sharpen a sword.It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.”General Secretary’s earnest entrust, earnest expectation, surging in the heart of Chinese ice and snow athletes.In recent years, General Secretary Xi Jinping has visited the national teams in the snow and ice sports many times to check on their training and preparations and have in-depth exchanges with athletes and coaches.Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, encourages athletes and coaches who are preparing for winter sports at the National Winter Sports Training Center in Beijing, Capital of China, Feb. 1, 2019.”Over the years, the general secretary has been caring about us and the preparations for the Winter Olympics in Beijing.”Wu Dajing, a Member of China’s short track speed skating team, has had many interactions with Xi Jinping.Wu Dajing was most excited that the general secretary had seen his match.”It made me very excited and moved, and to be recognized by the general secretary was the biggest inspiration for me.”Zhao Hongbo, head coach of the Chinese figure skating team, also met the president face-to-face more than once.What impressed him was that every time the general secretary told the athletes to pay attention to injury prevention and combine work and rest while training hard.Over the years, a photo taken at Beijing’s Wukesong Sports Center has frequently appeared in news reports.The photo captures the moment when Xi takes a young ice hockey player by the hand and bends over him in an athletic “confrontation” pose.The general secretary smiled and said, “The young man should be a little bigger. China’s ice sports hope you.”Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, encourages youth ice hockey and team skating fans at the Wukesong Sports Center in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 24, 2017.It’s a familiar scene.”Have you found magic in skiing?” Xi asked with a smile as he looked at a group of children sharing their experience of winter camp at the Genting ski resort on Jan 23, 2017.To encourage more people to participate in snow and ice sports is the central theme of the Olympic Movement and one of the great significance of China’s preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics.346 million people, this is the number of people participating in snow sports in China from the bid to October 2021.The promise of the Winter Olympics, China’s success.”Through preparations for the Winter Olympics, we have not only caught up with the competitive level of ice and snow sports, but also with the popularization of ice and snow sports, raising both the quality and quantity of sports.”General Secretary Xi Jinping summed it up this way.Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a video address to the opening ceremony of the 139th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Beijing, Feb 3, 2022.Xi jinping has a special relationship with the Olympic movement, from serving as the head of the leading team for the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games to helping China realize its century-old Olympic dream, to leading China to successfully host the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in a new Era, and to personally promoting the bid for and preparation for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.”I wish I could give President Xi a gold medal!”Just as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said, When it comes to promoting the Olympic movement, President Xi Jinping is a true champion.Source: CCTV.com