Test events halfway through, preparations complete for Beijing 2022
Updated 15:11, 03-Dec-2021

Test events are halfway through and all preparations are complete for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, an official said at a news conference on Friday.

All the 12 venues are fully equipped to host competitions, as constructions are complete and have been approved by related international sports federations. 

Regarding the new coromavirus variant Omicron, the organizers are aware of the situation and evaluating the impact it could have on the Beijing Games, according to Zhao Weidong, director of the communications department of the Beijing 2022 organizing committee.

Zhao also introduced plans on ticketing and closed-loop management for media workers. 

The organizing committee is working with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on a detailed ticketing policy, taking the latest situation into consideration. 

As for media workers, they are free to travel between competition zones and venues within the closed-loop, using three transportation services: free high-speed railway train, 24-hour free shuttle buses and taxis with drivers designated by the organizing committee. 

The press conference also covered issues regarding water supply to local residents in Yanqing competition zone. 

According to Yu Bo, chief of Beijing's Yanqing District, a total of 180,000 cubic meter of water storage is guaranteed for local residents in Yanqing.And for the competitions to be held in this zone, cutting-edge technology is adopted to recycle water and artificial snow production will be used during the Games. 

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games will take place from February 4 to 20, while the Paralympics are scheduled for March 4 on 13.

Ten international events, three international training weeks and two domestic testing sessions have been scheduled to take place from October 5 till the end of year. 

The events in December are the Nordic Biathlon Intercontinental Cup, Ski Jumping Intercontinental Cup and the Biathlon International Training Week.

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