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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has met with the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, in Beijing.
Meeting at the Great Hall of the People, the two presidents discussed a range of issues, including sport's positive role in society, the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, and Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
President Xi also talked of the recently concluded meeting of the Central Committee Plenum where sport was integrated into the strategic plan agreed for the future development of China. President Bach congratulated him on his plans for 'putting sport at the service of society.'
President Bach was accompanied by IOC Vice-President John Coates, IOC Member and Coordination Commission Chairman for the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games Alexander Popov, and the President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, Liu Peng. The three Chinese members of the IOC: Yu Zaiqing, Yang Yang, and Li Lingwei were also present.
Beijing is one of six cities vying to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, having submitted its application to the IOC by the 14 November deadline along with Almaty (Kazakhstan), Krakow (Poland), Lviv (Ukraine), Oslo (Norway), and Stockholm (Sweden).*
On Monday, President Bach inspected some of the venues to be used at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing next year. On Wednesday he will visit Tokyo, home of the 2020 Olympic Games, before flying to Seoul on Thursday to meet with organisers of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
* The cities will be listed in alphabetical order until such time as the official drawing of lots is carried out by the IOC EB in December 2013. The order of drawing of lots will then be used until the election of the 2022 host city.