Winter Olympics

Lack of transparency over budget continues to overshadow Beijing 2022 bid

By Nick Butler at the Gehua New Century Hotel in Beijing

The cost of the high speed railway, repeatedly cited by Beijing 2022 as a key part of their bid, remains unknown ©Beijing 2022Beijing 2022 have pitched the commercial potential of their Olympic and Paralympic plans to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission here today, but have still not revealed wider spending costs associated with the bid.

Great Wall to provide backdrop for ski jumping at Beijing 2022

By Nick Butler at the Genting Grand Hotel in Chongli County

The proposed Beijing 2022 ski jumping venue will take place in the shadow of the Great Wall ©ITGSki jumping will take place at a venue overlooking the Great Wall of China if Beijing are awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics, they have promised. 

Switch to Beijing 2022 ice hockey venue proposed by IOC Evaluation Commission

By Nick Butler at the Gehua New Century Hotel in Beijing

The Wukesong Sports Centre is currently China's foremost basketball venue, but would host one of the two ice hockey competitions during Beijing 2022 ©ITGSwapping proposed venues for men and women's ice hockey is among possible changes to Beijing 2022's Olympic and Paralympic bid proposed so far by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during their Evaluation Commission inspection. 

Beijing 2022 criticise those who use Olympic bid to "achieve political goals"

By Nick Butler at the Gehua New Century Hotel in Beijing

Officials including IOC member Yang Yang (right) resisted claims the Bid could be affected by criticism of China's human rights record ©ITGAll Chinese policies are aimed at "protecting the people's rights", Beijing 2022 officials have claimed here as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission visit opened, with groups using the bid to "achieve political goals" criticised.

Pyeongchang 2018 receives first donation as part of O2 plus Olympics

By Daniel Etchells

Pyeongchang 2018 has received its first donation of 15,936 tons of Certified Emission Reductions ©POCOGPyeongchang 2018 has received its first donation of 15,936 tonnes of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) today to help towards the vision for a carbon neutral Olympics and Paralympics. 

Beijing 2022 open to changing bid following IOC Evaluation Commission inspection

By Nick Butler at the Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant in Beijing

Evaluation Commission chair Alexander Zhukov arrives in Beijing flanked by Chinese Olympic Committee President Liu Peng (left) and Beijing Mayor and bid leader, Wang AnshunBeijing 2022 officials have outlined the "sustainability" of their Olympic and Paralympic bid as well as the benefits they claim it would bring to the global winter sports community on the eve of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission visit opening here.

Beijing 2022 vows to use Olympic bid to tackle pollution as IOC Evaluation Commission arrives

By Nick Butler at the Gehua New Century Hotel in Beijing

Smog is a major challenge for Beijing 2022 ©Getty ImagesStaging the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will help combat air pollution in Beijing, it has been claimed as members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission members arrive here for their five-day inspection visit.

Pyeongchang 2018 has had problems but is making "big progress", claims Lindberg

By Nick Butler at the Lakai Sandpine Resort Hotel in Gangneung

Gunilla Lindberg speaking alongside Pyeongchang 2018 President Cho Yang-ho today ©Pyeongchang 2018International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission chair Gunilla Lindberg has admitted there have been problems with the late delivery of Pyeongchang 2018 venues, but claims they are now "satisfied" with progress.

IOC "can't afford" to award Olympics to China again, claims pro-Tibet groups

By Nick Butler

Pro-Tibet groups are calling on the IOC to reject Beijing's bid for the 2022 Olympics and Paralympics ©International Tibet NetworkA global coalition of 175 pro-Tibet organisations today published a report calling for Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics to be rejected, claiming China had failed to keep its promises over improving human rights when it staged the 2008 Games. 
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