Cai Qi will preside over his first IOC Coordination Commission visit as President of Beijing 2022 ©InterContinental

New Beijing 2022 President Cai Qi will preside over his first visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission when they make their second inspection of the Chinese capital. 

Cai replaced Guo Jinlong as head of the Organising Committee yesterday and is expected to lead the Beijing 2022 delegation when they welcome the visiting IOC officials examining preparations for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in five years' time.

The 61-year-old, the former Mayor of the Chinese capital and now Communist Party Secretary of Beijing, had previously served as one of four Executive Presidents before taking over the reigns from Guo.

He will be tasked with spearheading Beijing 2022 in the build-up to the Games, the second Olympics to be held here after the city staged the summer event in 2008.

The majority of the Coordination Commission officials are due to arrive here tomorrow, including IOC executive director for the Olympic Games Christophe Dubi, with smaller working group meetings with Beijing 2022 representatives on the agenda.

They are then scheduled to tour venues in and around the capital on Monday (June 12).

This includes iconic Beijing 2008 venues such as the Bird's Nest, due to stage the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and the Water Cube, which will be converted from an aquatics facility to a curling stadium for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics. 

Beijing will stage curling, ice hockey and the various skating disciplines at the Winter Olympics.

The IOC are likely to play close attention to progress at the National Speed Skating Oval, the only new venue being built for the Games.

Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission chair Alexander Zhukov did not play a full part in the last visit to the Chinese capital as he left early to meet Vladimir Putin ©Getty Images
Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission chair Alexander Zhukov did not play a full part in the last visit to the Chinese capital as he left early to meet Vladimir Putin ©Getty Images

The second visit will have a different format to the first as the Coordination Commission are not travelling to inspect the two other competition areas in Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.

It is thought this is because of scheduling issues and the seasonal warm weather in the two regions.

Yanqing, located around 88 kilometres from Beijing, is due to host alpine skiing, bobsleigh, skeleton and luge.

Zhangjiakou is a further 110km away from the Chinese capital and will stage snowboarding, freestyle skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined and biathlon.

The Coordination Commission inspection will conclude on Tuesday (June 13) with a large joint IOC and Beijing 2022 meeting followed by the closing press conference.

Zhukov, who is not scheduled to arrive here until Monday, did not play a full part in the first Coordination Commission visit in October as he had to cut his time in Beijing short to attend an urgent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin said Zhukov would relinquish his role ROC President at the end of last year to concentrate on his role in the Duma, the country’s Parliament, which would have seen him lose his status on the IOC.

It would have also forced the IOC to select a new chairperson of the Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission.

Zhukov has continued as ROC President, however.

Beijing's preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games were due to be scrutinised by the IOC delegation last month before the visit was moved to "better fit the agenda of the participants".

It is thought the decision was taken to due to the proximity of the meetings to the 2024 IOC Evaluation Commission's inspections of candidate cities Los Angeles and Paris.