China has a vision of the future that includes hundreds of millions of Chinese participating in winter sports. International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission was told as much during a recent visit to Beijing, the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
“We have heard about some impressive developments this week that exemplify the vision for winter sports in China in terms of mass participation, elite sport and tourism. This progress is very encouraging for the long-term future of winter sport, both in China and internationally.”
To onboard 300 million new winter sports enthusiasts, the nation has built 742 ski resorts and 596 ice rinks throughout the country.
Currently, there are estimated to be just over 8 million people taking part in winter sports events in China.