Lighting the way

By SUN XIAOCHEN | China Daily | Updated: 2022-03-02 09:54
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Beijing 2022 has ignited passion for winter sports across the nation, with the overall success of the Games and the international acclaim they enjoyed, as well as Team China's superb performances and the emergence of superstars such as Gu Ailing and Su Yiming, combining to inspire the next generation onto the ice and snow. WEI XIAOHAO/ZHANG WEI/CHINA DAILY/XINHUA

The aim is for that number to reach 5,000 by 2025, according to the Beijing 2022 organizing committee.

In his speech at the Games closing ceremony on Feb 20, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach welcomed China as a winter sport country, stressing that with about one quarter of China's total population introduced to ice and snow sports, the global winter sports landscape has changed forever.

With sports participation now embraced in China as a lifestyle choice, international governing bodies have discovered new frontiers to expand their global presence.

"I think we have a phenomenal opportunity to make China a superpower in winter sports," Johan Eliasch, president of the International Ski Federation, said during Beijing 2022.

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