Sport will serve as new bridge of friendship in Russian-Chinese relations, Chinese official says – Sport

MOSCOW, December 28. / TASS /. The sports sphere will serve as a new bridge of friendship and cooperation between the peoples of Russia and China, a senior Chinese politician said on Tuesday.

“The leaders of our countries have already declared the next two years as the years of cooperation in the field of sports and physical culture,” said the chairman of the Chinese side of the China-Russia Friendship Committee for Peace and development, vice chairman of the People’s Political Consultative Conference and director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Bureau, Xia Baolong, said Tuesday at the 13th plenary session of the bilateral committee.

“Our committee’s work plan includes a series of sporting events, such as a martial arts festival and a sports carnival,” he said. “I am sure that sport will serve as a new bridge of friendship between our countries.”

The Chinese official notably underlined the importance of the planned participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the opening ceremony of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

“In February next year, as we know, Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit China and participate in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics. Thus, President Putin will become the first leader of a great world power to visit China since the start of the pandemic, ”he said.

“The heads of our states will hold their first face-to-face meeting in two years during which a detailed exchange of opinions will take place and an important political document will be approved,” he said.

The Chinese politician added that in view of Putin’s official visit to Beijing, Russian and Chinese sister and sister cities, as well as higher education institutions, “are expected to organize various events dedicated to the Winter Olympics. as well as the Sino-Russian friendship to form a favorable context for the meeting between the leaders of the two countries.

Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

The 2022 Winter Olympics in the Chinese capital of Beijing are scheduled for February 4-20, while the Paralympic Winter Games are March 4-13.

During the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015, Beijing was chosen to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, making the Chinese capital the first city to host both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. summer (in 2008) as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (in 2022).

Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games in a close race, beating Kazakhstan’s Almaty in 2015, collecting 44 votes to 40 for its rival.

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