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

"It will take work, it will take some help, which we are very happy to provide in coaching programs and bringing competitions here ...Like always when China wants to do something, it does it to perfection."

As part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation and representatives of China's winter sports governing body, local government and venue owners, the National Sliding Centre in northwest Beijing's Yanqing district will continue hosting a series of World Cup races and international training events over the next five years.

The continuation of top-level sliding sports at the first-of-its-kind track in China, coupled with post-Olympic operational plans for tourism, will boost economic development in the region, officials reckon.

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