Beijing 2022 has revealed its legacy plan for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, expanding upon the Organising Committee’s focus on utilising the event to both initiate and accelerate long-term benefits for the competition zones and surrounding regions.
It follows the announcement of the formation of a Legacy Coordination Committee in November.
The plan is centred around inspiring young people with the Olympic spirit, encouraging millions to embrace winter sports, promoting social progress through the Winter Games, and creating a harmonious world of better mutual understanding.
As such, Beijing 2022 and its delivery partners intends to focus on seven themes: sports, society, economy, culture, environment, urban development and regional development.
"The early identification of this legacy framework, together with the already-identified governance structure that is responsible for monitoring progress of legacy projects, will help to ensure that the people of China enjoy long-lasting benefits far beyond the Games," a Beijing 2022 statement said.
"Beijing 2022 will be the first Games to deliver a legacy plan in line with Olympic Agenda 2020’s New Norm and the International Olympic Committee’s resulting Legacy Strategic Approach, which aims to help host cities incorporate lasting benefits before, during and after the Games.
"To this end, Beijing 2022 will work closely with relevant Government agencies at national, provincial and municipal levels, follow the guidance of the Beijing 2022 Legacy Coordination Committee, incorporate the legacy work into all phases of Games preparation, step up efforts to promote highlights of the work and make it a great success," the statement adds.
Join us as we take a closer look at how #Beijing2022 is building on the legacies of Beijing 2008 and striving to create even more lasting benefits for the residents of the three competition zones! @Olympics @IOCMediahttps://t.co/BwAsRWO7Fb— Beijing 2022 (@Beijing2022) February 21, 2019
As reported by China Daily, the plan has also identified responsible Organising Committee departments, stakeholders and venue owners to deliver each project before, during and after the Games as well as deadlines for a total of 35 specified tasks.
"To set the framework as early as we did today and to take action before the Games' opening will help lay the foundation for all the efforts we are making for 2022 to continue yielding benefits in the decades to come," Han Zirong, the secretary general of Beijing 2022, told the newspaper.
Beijing 2022 is set to use some of the same venues that were built for the 2008 Summer Olympics in China’s capital.
For example, the National Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube, will stage the curling events and become known as the Ice Cube.
This will be achieved by filling the pool with retractable structures and making ice sheets above.
The National Indoor Stadium will host ice hockey events and the Bird's Nest will hold the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Legacy has been a major concern following last year's Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, with doubts continuing to exist about the use of venues.