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Just five months after its election as host city for the Olympic Winter Games 2022, the Organising Committee for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 has been formally established. The Organising Committee, which is created by the City and National Olympic Committee, will be responsible for ensuring the successful organisation of the Games.
Its establishment marks another major step on Beijing’s Olympic journey, following the successful Orientation Seminar that was held in early November in the Chinese capital. In addition to the creation of the Committee, it was also confirmed that Guo Jinlong would be the President of the newly formed body.In a congratulatory letter, IOC President Thomas Bach said, “On behalf of the International Olympic Committee, it is my great pleasure to congratulate everyone on the inauguration of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Allow me to congratulate Mr Guo Jinlong, the President of the Organising Committee.”He continued, “Beijing is making history as the first city in the world to host both the Olympic Summer Games and the Olympic Winter Games. The formation of the Organising Committee represents the start of an exciting journey for the entire Olympic family. This milestone is the first step on our six-year journey together to deliver brilliant Olympic Winter Games in 2022 for Beijing, for China, and for the world.”The launch event was attended by a number of Chinese dignitaries, including Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, Beijing 2022 President Guo Jinlong, Chinese Olympic Committee President Liu Peng, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong, Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun and Hebei Governor Zhang Qingwei.