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China celebrates Olympic bid win


08-01-2015 17:30 BJT

Full coverage: Beijing Bids for 2022 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. IOC members voted 44-40 in favor of China's capital to make it the only city in history to host both winter and summer Olympics. 

There was delight and relief for the Beijing bid team. After years of planning and hard work, Beijing gets to host the winter Olympic games.

"It's a joyous occasion for Chinese people. We sincerely thank the IOC and international society for placing its trust in China," said Liu Yandong, vice premier of State Council of China.

She said this is just a beginning and China will present an extraordinary excellent winter sports event in 2022.

"The 2022 Winter Olympics will develop China's sports and encourage more people to engage in sports activities. It will also promote economic and social development and benefits for the people," Liu said.

Liu said that hosting the 2022 Winter Games has offered China an opportunity to make greater contribution to the Olympic movement and will help develop a healthy lifestyle in the country. 

"It will be another boost for people's passion to join sports. The joy of life. Not only the summer games but also the winter games. Yes, we have a long journey about to take off," former NBA star Yao Ming said.

Liu also attended a reception in Kuala Lumpur's Shangri-La Hotel to celebrate Beijing's win. She was joined by more than 600 people, including IOC President Thomas Bach, and Chinese nationals and celebrities from Malaysia. 

Liu pledged that China would work hard under the guidance of the IOC to present a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Winter Olympics. 

Bach congratulated Beijing on winning the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and expressed his confidence on a successful delivery of the Games.

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