BEIJING – China is getting its venues ready and giving final touch to the newly set up infrastructure for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be hosted jointly by Beijing and Zhangjiakou in northern Hebei province, state-run China Daily reported on Tuesday.
According to the daily, Beijing is accelerating the construction of the three of the 26 sports venues, including the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing, the National Alpine Skiing Center in Yanqing downtown Beijing and the National Sliding Center in Zhangjiakou.
China Daily, citing the city’s construction regulatory body, said all the four venues in Beijing, including the Big Air slope in Shougang Industrial Park, will be completed by the end of this year.
Yanqing’s alpine skiing center is expected to have its first test event by the next year, said Wang Gang, director of Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office.
“We are well ahead of schedule in preparing all the venues for the Games with all the new venues in downtown Beijing and Yanqing to take shape this year,” said Wang.
Wang said the remodeling of eight 2008 Summer Olympics venues was underway and was set to be completed by early 2021.
The authorities are also focused on remodeling of the National Aquatics Center in Beijing, which is to host curling in 2022 and National Indoor Stadium is to be redesigned into an ice hockey arena.
Hebei Governor Xu Qin on Monday said the construction of the new sports centers in Zhangjiaoku is expected to be finished by the end of 2019.
The center in the city’s mountainous Chongli district will be the venue for six snow-based sports, including snowboarding, freestyle skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined and biathlon.
China Daily said Chongli district, about 150 km northwest of Beijing, will be connected by a high-speed railway with Beijing, which will cut the travel time from the current three hours by bus to 50 minutes.
A high-speed railway line is also expected to begin this year between Beijing and Zhangjiakou and is set to connect Chongli district with downtown Yangqing, connecting all the sports venues, according to the state-run news agency, Xinhua.