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  • Chinese President Set for Talks with IOC Chief


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    (ATR) Chinese president Xi Jinping will meet with IOC chief Thomas Bach in Lausanne next week.

    The IOC tells Around the Rings that Xi will meet Bach in Lausanne on Jan.18.

    Talks will center around Beijing’s hosting of the 2022 Games and the development of winter and summer Olympic sports in China.

    The most expensive Olympic-related project – a high speed rail link to connect Zhangjiakou and Beijing – may also come up for discussion.

    The pair will also visit the Olympic Museum.

    Visiting Switzerland to take part in the annual Davos World Economic Forum, Xi is also scheduled to hold talks with the new UN secretary general Antonio Guterres in Geneva, according to Chinese media reports.

    Xi’s trip to Lausanne is a mark of how important he views sport in advancing China’s standing on the global stage.

    Last week, the Chinese president Xi Jinping topped Around the Rings Golden 25 list of key influencers on the Olympic Movement for 2017along with heads of state for Russia and U.S. Xi has spoken of his intent to use sport to aid the country’s development and is working closely to further his aims with new president of the Chinese Olympic Committee Gou Zhongwen, who also heads of the General Administration for Sport.

    Bach is expected to participate in the Davos summit but is not listed as a speaker.

    Beijing will become the first city to host a summer and winter Olympics. The Chinese capital beat out competition from Almaty to secure the 2022 Games in an IOC vote in August 2015.

    Reported by Mark Bisson

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