(ECNS)--Preparations for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games are progressing smoothly, and have been highly recognized by the international community including the IOC, Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
The remarks of FM spokesperson Wang Wenbin ran as follows.
Xinhua News Agency: With 500 days to go before the opening of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has lauded Beijing 2022 for being a "historic event" which will make the Chinese capital the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympic Games. How do you respond to that and could you update us on preparation work for the winter Olympics?
Wang Wenbin: China has secured major strategic outcomes in fighting COVID-19. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games maintains close cooperation with the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee and the International Winter Sports Federations to overcome the impact brought by the pandemic. The preparation is progressing smoothly, which has been highly recognized by the international community including the IOC.
As Beijing becomes the first city in the world to host both the summer and winter Olympic Games, it will be China's major contribution to the International Olympic Movement. Winter sports lovers all over the world are looking forward to the Beijing Winter Games. As the 500-day countdown begins, we will work with all sides to make the Games a wonderful, extraordinary and outstanding Olympic event. We are confident that with the active participation of all sides, the Beijing Winter Games will be a highlight in the Olympic Movement that will enhance exchange and friendship between people of all continents.