Xi Holds Phone Conversation with IOC Chief
2021-05-08 09:43

Chinese President Xi Jinping held a phone conversation with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Friday.

 

Xi Jinping congratulated Bach on his re-election as president of the International Olympic Committee, saying that under the leadership of President Bach, the International Olympic Committee united all forces to promote the vigorous development of the Olympic Movement. Since the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia, the IOC has done a lot of work, providing positive energy for global unity against the epidemic. The epidemic has a great impact on sports events such as the Olympic Games. China is willing to continue to cooperate with the International Olympic Committee and support the hosting of the Tokyo Olympic Games. China is willing to strengthen vaccine cooperation with the International Olympic Committee and jointly build an effective barrier to protect athletes' safe participation.

 

Xi Jinping emphasized that China is steadily advancing various preparations around the goal of hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics as scheduled. At present, all competition venues have been completed, competition organization and venue operation have been carried out in an orderly manner, competition service guarantee has been accelerated, and publicity and cultural activities have been promoted in an orderly manner. The Chinese side held testing activities for snow events and ice events, and effectively tested the key elements involved in running the competition. China will organize various test competitions in the second half of the year to lay a more solid foundation for the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

 

Xi Jinping emphasized that Beijing Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics are grand events of all countries in the world and a stage for athletes from all over the world to compete fairly. I would like to thank the International Olympic Committee for its active support and guidance for the preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics. China is full of confidence in the success of the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics as scheduled, and is willing to work with the International Olympic Committee and the international community to ensure that the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics will become a simple, safe and wonderful Olympic event.

 

Bach expressed congratulations on China's proud achievements in various fields, especially China's first successful fight against novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic and its first recovery of economic growth, which played an important leading role in global anti-epidemic cooperation and economic recovery. The International Olympic Committee attaches great importance to good cooperation with China and is willing to strengthen vaccine cooperation with China. At present, the preparations for Beijing Winter Olympics are at an important stage. The International Olympic Committee adheres to the Olympic Charter and opposes politicizing the Olympic Movement. It is willing to continue to cooperate closely with China and fully support China in hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics as scheduled. It is believed that the Beijing Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics will show the world the exemplary power to fight the epidemic, promote the development of the world ice and snow sports and make important contributions to the development of the Olympic Movement.