Beijing 2022

An 11-month-old baby girl named Wang Yuji practises skiing at Thaiwoo Ski Resort in Chongli District of Zhangjiakou City, north China's Hebei Province, Nov. 18, 2021. A video of Wang Yuji sliding down the hill on a snowboard went viral on the internet. (Xinhua/Zhang Fan)

WUHAN, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) Li Yaosheng, a primary school student in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has rarely seen ice in the so-called "furnace" city, but since 2021, his PE class has been moved to the newly-built ice rink close to his school.

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Beijing Winter Olympics will be launched with an opening ceremony on 4th of February. Most countries have already chosen their athletes to participate in different sports and activities. Winter Olympics in general, and ice hockey in particular are important for Finns, who are good at winter sports.

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Flags fly at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games village in Beijing on December 24, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The XXIV Olympic Winter Games will be held in Beijing next month. The country has made massive preparations for the games, while the world is still struggling with a new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Helsinki Times asked the Ambassador of China in Finland, H.E. Mr Li Chen few questions about the games in the context of Finnish – Chinese relations and politicization of sports by some western countries. Below are the questions and answers.

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Iivo Niskanen celebrated after winning the 15-kilometre classic style competition at the FIS Cross-Country World Cup event in Ruka, Finland, on 27 November 2021. Niskanen on Monday became one of the first Finnish athletes named for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

THE BOARD of the Finnish Olympic Committee on Monday confirmed the first athlete selections made by its high-performance unit for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games held in Beijing, China, between 4 and 20 February.

A total of 16 athletes, as well as both men and women’s ice hockey teams, were named for the games, with the composition of the ice hockey teams to be announced later.

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Germany's Jakob Lange (C) poses as winner with second-placed Germany's Mach David and third-placed Austria's Thomas Rettenegger at a Cup part of a 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games test event in Chongli county, Zhangjiakou city, China's Hebei province on December 4, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

With Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics just around the corner, athletes are training hard and the rest of us are waiting to follow our national teams contesting for the medals. There will be 109 events in the winter Olympics spreading over 15 disciplines and seven sports.

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There is only a bit more than two months to go till the Beijing Winter Olympics, and the city is indeed ready to accept the athletes and arragne the games. At the 2022 Winter Olympics, a total of 12 venues will host 109 medal events. Many venues are using existing facilities, and some venues are newly built for these Winter Olympics.

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Lions of Finland celebrating 0-3 goal by Valtteri Filppula during the ice hockey Euro Hockey Tour EHT Karjala Cup match between Russia and Finland in Helsinki, Finland, on November 11, 2021.

With just over two months to the Beijing Winter Olympics, Finland is preparing to fight for every medal. Finns have been good at winter sports and there have been several medalists in different fields in every winter olympics. 

Selection criteria for participation in the Olympics is stated in detail in Finland’s Olympic Committee’s document detailing the conditions for the selection. 

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Artists perform during the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games 100 Day countdown event at the National Aquatic Centre, also known as the Ice cube, in Beijing on November 24, 2021.

In 70 days, Beijing will host 2022 Winter Olympic Games. It will be 70 years then since the People’s Republic of China competed in Olympics for the first time. The 70 years of Olympic ties will soon be renewed in Beijing 70 days later.

70 years ago, it was in Helsinki that the Olympic flame was ignited. It was the first Olympics after the World War II, the first time for Finland as the host and the first time for China as a player, making China and Finland connected to each other in Olympics and sports for the first time.

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