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Olympics: China faces tougher sell in 2022 Winter Games bid

Published on Jul 8, 2014 11:05 PM
 
A sign is placed on a table for members of the Beijing 2022 delegation at the start of the Executive Board meeting at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne on July 7, 2014. Beijing promised a "frugal" Winter Olympics and to harness the event to clean up the capital's notorious air pollution if selected as host of the 2022 Games, but the pledges were greeted with scepticism on Chinese social media. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Beijing promised a "frugal" Winter Olympics and to harness the event to clean up the capital's notorious air pollution if selected as host of the 2022 Games, but the pledges were greeted with scepticism on Chinese social media.

Along with Oslo and Almaty, Beijing was confirmed as an official candidate for 2022 on Monday, raising a chance of becoming the first city to hold both the summer and winter Olympics.

Officials spared no expense in staging a spectacular Games in 2008, with vastly improved public transport and infrastructure a worthy legacy, but some of the exorbitant venues built for the event became a drain on public finances and a magnet for public discontent.

"If the Winter Games can be held in Beijing, the philosophy of holding a frugal Games will be put into the work from start to finish," state news agency Xinhua said, citing Beijing vice-mayor Yang Xiaochao.

 
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