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Xi Jinping Speaks with IOC President Thomas Bach on the Phone

On the evening of January 25, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.

Xi Jinping pointed out that since the outbreak of COVID-19, the IOC has taken the initiative to respond and made an all-out effort to safeguard the unity and stability of the Olympic Movement, making positive contributions to the global fight against COVID-19 and the steady and healthy development of the Olympic Movement. The Chinese side appreciates the IOC's active support for the development of China's sports, and will continue supporting the IOC's work. China is willing to join the IOC and other countries in ensuring safe and smooth hosting of the Tokyo Olympics and the Beijing Winter Olympics, and contributing to an early victory for the international community over the pandemic, recovery of the world economy, and safeguarding the lives and health of the people of all countries.

Xi Jinping stressed that China has taken the lead in putting its own pandemic under control and realizing economic recovery, creating favorable conditions for the smooth hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics. China has strictly implemented prevention and control measures, overcome the impact of the pandemic, and actively promoted the steady progress of all preparation work. At present, the construction of venues and infrastructure for the Beijing Winter Olympics has achieved phased progress. The organization of the Games has been carried out in an orderly manner, the service guarantee for the Games is being conducted in an all-round way, publicity and promotion are warming up, in-depth international exchanges and cooperation are unfolding, and sustainable development and heritage work have seen remarkable progress. China takes the preparation for the Beijing Winter Olympics as an opportunity to promote the popularization and development of winter sports. He believes that the Chinese side, with strong support from various parties, will complete all preparation work as scheduled, so as to ensure the Beijing Winter Olympics a complete success. Beijing, the only city in the world that has hosted the Summer and Winter Olympics, will make unique contributions to the international Olympic Movement.

Thomas Bach said under the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has made outstanding achievements in combating COVID-19, taken the lead in economic recovery and become an important engine for world economic recovery. He expressed sincere congratulations on China's achievements. With the great importance attached by the Chinese government and the strong support of the Chinese people, preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics have overcome the impact of the pandemic and are progressing smoothly. The IOC supports China's concept of hosting a green, inclusive, open and clean Winter Olympics and stands ready to work with China to ensure a successful, splendid and safe Games, which will not only realize the vision of promoting winter sports among 300 million Chinese people, but also strongly advance the development of international Olympic Movement. The IOC stays committed to upholding the Olympic spirit and opposing the politicization of sports and is ready to continue strengthening long-term strategic cooperation with China. He also extended his Chinese New Year greetings to the Chinese people, wishing them new success in the New Year.

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