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Beijing 2022 Winter Games preview at UN

By HONG XIAO at the United Nations | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-12-10 11:32
Mascots for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are unveiled during a launch ceremony at the Shougang Ice Hockey Arena in Beijing, China September 17, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games were introduced to the 74th United Nations General Assembly on Monday at UN headquarters in New York.

"This marks the return of the Winter Olympic Games to a city that has successfully hosted the 29th Summer Olympic Games (in 2008)," Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the UN, said during the General Assembly agenda topic titled "Sport for development and peace: building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal."

Beijing will host the 24th Winter Olympic Games in February 2022.

Zhang said China will work closely with the International Olympic Committee to present "a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic Games to the world, which will advance the development of the Olympic Games and winter sports and fully bring into play the positive role of sports in world peace, development and people-to-people and cultural exchanges."

He noted that China will hold a "green" Olympic Games and "prioritize ecological consideration, resources conservation and environmental friendliness by developing and implementing a low-carbon management work plan, whereby green power will be used in all Winter Olympic venues to strive for carbon neutrality".

"We will adhere to the principle of wide participation, joint contribution and benefit sharing by actively mobilizing social forces for the preparation of the Games and accelerating the development and promotion of winter sports," he said.

"We will put people at the center so as to benefit our people and will give women, children and persons with disabilities more opportunities to take part in sports activities," he added.

A design sketch of the Olympic village in Zhangjiakou, North China's Hebei province, which will host 51 events at the 2022 Winter Olympics. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Zhang said China will continue to promote "openness" at the Games and will strengthen sports cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world.

China will create a new window for promoting the Olympic spirit and exchanges among civilizations, along with mutual learning.

Zhang said China will combat corruption and uphold integrity in hosting the Olympics, tighten oversight of the preparations and adopt zero tolerance for doping so that "the Beijing Winter Olympic Games will be as clean and pure as ice and snow".

The Chinese delegation supported the adoption by the General Assembly of a resolution on the "Olympic truce", as it represents a call of justice by all member states.

As a co-sponsor of the resolution, Zhang said China urges all member states to strive to bridge differences, resolve disputes and stop the use of all military force and hostility during the Olympic Games.

"Sports are an important indicator of social development and human progress," Zhang said, noting that the Olympic spirit is the common aspiration of people around the world as it always advocates unity, friendship, peace and the exchanges between and the integration of different countries and civilizations, and their harmonious coexistence.

"The Olympic Games is not only an arena for athletes, but also a bridge of friendship for people of all countries," said Zhang, complimenting the modern Olympic Games as bringing together people of different countries, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, enhancing mutual understanding, promoting social cohesion and greatly contributing to world peace and development.

Zhang said currently the international community is faced with multiple challenges — unilateralism, protectionism and bullying behaviors have severely undermined multilateralism, disrupted the international rule of law, created confrontations, and damaged mutual trust and friendship among peoples of all countries.

"Many people of insight are worried that the world will witness a great fracture; the international community is at a crossroads," he said.

"Do we want multilateralism or unilateralism, unity or division, cooperation or confrontation, progress or regress?" he asked, then underlined that China's attitude is clear on the issue.

"We firmly stand by multilateralism, side with the vast majority of the UN members, stand for fairness and justice and side with the trend of the times," he said.

"As we share the same world and a common future, China will always be a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, a defender of international order and will work towards building a community of shared future for mankind."

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