- 22 Aug 2015
- IOC News
IOC President Thomas Bach and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang discuss upcoming Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach met Premier of the State Council of China Li Keqiang in Beijing last night just a few weeks after the city’s success in winning the right to stage the Olympic Winter Games in 2022.
President Bach said that the Olympic Movement was looking forward to working together with the city for the next seven years, and “to make the Games a success for China, for the world, and for the Olympic Movement.”
Noting the contribution that sport can make to society, Premier Li said that “increasingly people in China were spending more time on sport and really wanted healthy lifestyles.” He highlighted the positive role for sport in society in improving the health of the whole nation. “It also helps our young people strive hard for the goals they set for themselves,” he said.
President Bach underlined the importance of sport in encouraging healthy lifestyles and aiding education. “Sport can also play an important role in international understanding and nation building,” he added.
Premier Li told President Bach that they were already in the process of putting together the organising committee for the Olympic Winter Games 2022 and he assured President Bach that the Games would be both “economical and sustainable. We will not let you down.”
Later President Bach held talks with the Chinese Vice Premier of the State Council of China, Liu Yandong, who led the successful Beijing 2022 bid that was awarded the Games at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month.