Photo taken on Nov. 4, 2019, shows the Shougang Ski Jumping Platform. Integrating the element of Flying Apsaras in Dunhuang murals into the design, the platform gives a sense of aesthetic beauty and dynamism. (Photo by He Luqi/People’s Daily Online)
By He Yong, People’s Daily
With eight projects entering final stage and the construction of two venues being completed already, ten of the 13 construction projects for competition and training venues in the Beijing competition area for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games are expected to be finished by the end of this year, according to a conference held on Sept. 10.
Eight projects involving the construction, transformation, or expansion of venues including National Speed Skating Hall, Capital Indoor Stadium, National Aquatics Center, Wukesong Indoor Stadium, and National Indoor Stadium are in their final stages, as revealed at the conference on tackling tough issues and winding up this year’s projects for venues for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The construction of the Shougang Ski Jumping Platform and the “Ice Jar” comprehensive training center were completed in 2019 and May 2020 respectively.
All 15 ice rinks for competition and training for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will be ready to produce ice before the end of this year.
Among the 13 projects, four are construction projects for new venues, seven are transformation projects for existing venues, and two are about construction of temporary venues.
While ten of these projects are expected to be completed within this year, another three will be finished in 2021, including the transformation of the National Stadium, or the Bird’s Nest, which will stage the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the second phase of the China National Convention Center project which will serve as the main press center and the international broadcasting center of the Beijing Winter Olympics, as well as the Medals Plaza, a temporary facility for the event.
Relevant parties involved in these projects aim at holding a series of test events at the end of the year and ensuring that the construction and transformation of all the competition venues are completed within this year, said the Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office.
Efforts have been made to strengthen overall planning and adjust and optimize relevant procedures in various projects, said the office, adding that multi-faceted measures have been taken to ensure the realization of the annual goal for the construction and transformation projects.
Two test events for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, the 2020 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating and the 2020-2021 ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup, have been scheduled for this December at the Capital Indoor Stadium. The transformation of the venue is going to be completed by the end of September.
So far, construction and transformation projects in the Beijing competition area and the Yanqing competition area have entered a final sprint stage. Relevant projects are picking up speed while ensuring high quality and high standard of construction according to various requirements and goals set by the various test events for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, the Beijing municipal committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and the Beijing municipal government.
Photo taken on Sept. 5, 2020, shows the construction site of the second phase of the China National Convention Center project in Chaoyang district of Beijing. The main steel structure of the second phase of the China National Convention Center has been completed. (Photo by Liu Huaiyu/People’s Daily Online)
The major structure of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Village project passes the acceptance inspection, May 24. The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Village will offer services covering such aspects as accommodation, catering, and medical care for athletes and officials from various countries during the event. (Photo by Hu Qingming/People’s Daily Online)