IOC President, Greece convey warm wishes to Beijing for 2022 Winter Olympics

OLYMPIA, Greece - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and Greek officials conveyed best wishes for a successful Games from the birthplace of the Olympic movement ahead of the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame that will burn for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
On Monday, during a ritual sun-ray ceremony inside the stadium of Ancient Olympia in western Greece where the Games were born centuries ago, the sacred flame will be ignited and will start its journey to Beijing.
"We are all looking forward to a great and successful Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, when Beijing will write history as the first ever city to organize both editions of the Olympic Games, Summer and Winter, and when we will celebrate with the Chinese people a great festival of sport and winter sport. So, looking forward to see you soon in Beijing," Bach said on Sunday during an event at the premises of the International Olympic Academy overlooking the stadium.
Greek Deputy Culture and Sports Minister Lefteris Avgenakis expressed confidence in the success of the XXIV Winter Olympics that will run from February 4 to 20, 2022, followed by the Paralympics.
"We are very happy that Beijing is hosting the Olympics again; this time, after 2008, the 2022 Winter Olympics. It will succeed just as well in organizing the forthcoming Winter Olympics," he told Xinhua during a recent event in Athens, near the marble stadium where the flame will be handed over to the 2022 Games organizers on Tuesday.
"We are confident that our Chinese friends will organize fantastic Games in Beijing," Spyros Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and member of the International Olympic Committee, added during the same event.
"Greek and Chinese civilizations meet again in less than 15 years for both the Summer Olympics and the Winter Games. I think it is a happy occasion, because the Chinese people proved in 2008 that they know how to organize an excellent Olympic Games," Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Georgios Georgiopoulos, told Xinhua.

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