From 2008 to 2022: Legacies from the Olympics

By Xu He | | Updated: 2018-08-08 07:00
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No alternative Bird's Nest

General view of Bird's Nest with Fuwa, mascots of the Beijing Olympic Games, in Beijing, May 24, 2008. [Photo/VCG]

The National Stadium is known as the Bird's Nest and will host the opening and closing ceremonies of Beijing 2022.

The reuse of ready-made facilities to optimize savings in venue operation is expected to significantly cut the cost for Beijing.

"There is absolutely no doubt about Beijing 2022 being cost-effective," said Christophe Dubi, the IOC's executive director for Olympic Games.

The firework display shows at the opening ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympics on Aug 8, 2008. [Photo/VCG]

According to Beijing's candidature file submitted to the IOC in 2015, the combined infrastructure and operational budgets for the 2022 Games total about $3.5 billion - significantly less than the cost of staging a Summer Olympics.

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