Two weeks ago, on June 23, International Olympic Day was celebrated all around the world. International Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games and to encourage everyone in the world, regardless of gender, age or skill levels, to participate in sports activities. In China, the widely-recognized Olympic motto of “swifter, higher, stronger” not only represents the unremitting efforts of athletes in competitive sports, but also demonstrates the persistent spirit of the Chinese people to actively participate in sports and constantly strive for a better version of themselves.
Following the successful 2008 Beijing Olympics, China will soon host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2022, making Beijing the first city in the world to host both the summer and winter Olympic Games and the second capital city to host winter Olympic Games after Oslo 1952. It is destined to write a splendid chapter in the Olympic annals.
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is an important stage to promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. The Olympic dream, an embodiment of mankind’s supreme ideal and pursuit of purity, inspires the Chinese people and helps to create a harmonious world. As President Xi Jinping said, civilizations are enriched by exchanges and mutual learning. The Olympic Movement is conducive to advancing both China’s sports, social and economic development as well as the development of World Olympic Movement, facilitating mutual exchanges between Chinese civilization and other civilizations and once again offering Chinese people an opportunity to contribute to Olympic Movement and the dissemination of Olympic spirit. Meanwhile, China will take the opportunity of preparing for the Beijing Winter Olympics to promote the popularization and development of ice and snow sports, to encourage in-depth international exchanges and cooperation, and contribute to sustainable development and the promotion of Olympic legacies.
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is an important enabler to enhance the understanding and friendship of peoples of all countries. China adopts a green, inclusive, open and clean approach to hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, in alignment with China’s efforts to jointly build the Belt and Road and push forward ecological protection. As sports are increasingly becoming a part of China’s exchanges with other countries, the Winter Olympics Games will lead to closer ties between athletes, and promote friendship and understanding around the world. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines 46 years ago, both countries have had frequent sports-related interactions with a number of memorandums signed and joint training projects carried out, which is a highlight of our bilateral cooperation. The Philippines is an important sports country and has great potential in the Winter Olympics. The friendly exchanges between China and the Philippines in the field of sports will continue to elevate bilateral relations.
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is a strong booster to dispel the dark clouds of COVID-19. In tough times of the global pandemic, the once-every-four-years sports carnival serves as a cure of pain, a bridge of differences, an undiminished torch of hope, and a limitless source of positive energy for global solidarity. Currently China has successfully contained the epidemic at home and started economic recovery which will create a favorable condition for hosting the Beijing Winter Games. While strictly enforcing prevention and control measures, we strive to overcome the impact of COVID-19 and make steady progress in preparation. China and the International Olympic Committee have strengthened vaccine cooperation to jointly build an effective wall to protect athletes’ safety. We are fully confident to work with all parties concerned to host the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in a simple, safe and wonderful manner.
Time and tide wait for no man. As the construction of Beijing Winter Olympic Village has been completed, Beijing 2022 is just around the corner with less than a year to go. The Beijing 2022 Winter Games are another solemn commitment made by China to the international Olympic Movement and are eagerly awaited by winter sports lovers worldwide. It is the strong belief of the Chinese people along with the international community that we should unite and stand together to safeguard Olympic spirit, defend the independence of sports and oppose the politicization of Olympic Movement, which is unstoppable by any despicable political manipulation. In 2022, let us join hands in Beijing to enjoy the charm of ice and snow sports and together make our dream come true!