IOC President Thomas Bach in high anticipation of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach was buzzing in anticipation of China's first-ever Winter Olympics and expressed hope that the mascot, which will be unveiled in the second half of 2019, will feature Chinese philosophy.

On the eve of the 125th IOC anniversary, Bach said: "This is up to the Chinese people and they always have a very good feeling to find the good samples for their philosophy... I'm sure the mascot will be [a] friendly welcoming one."

Bach made the remarks after the kick-off of the Olympic Capital Run, which this year attracted over 2,000 participants accompanied by internationally famous Olympic medalists and Olympians.

Bach is happy to share the anniversary with Chinese friends. "We are happy to share the 125th anniversary of the IOC with our Chinese friends. We are waiting eagerly for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 which will be another great celebration of Olympic sports and values."

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency