(ATR) Olympic organizers and athletes showcase the new Olympic and Paralympic emblems for Beijing 2022 today at China’s National Aquatics Center.
The new Olympic logo for Beijing 2022. (Beijing 2022)
The home of swimming during the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, the venue dubbed the “Water Cube” hosted the announcement ceremony of the new emblems that took place at 20:22 Beijing time. The venue will also host curling for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.
The new logos represent the Chinese characters for “Winter Dream” and “Flight” for the Olympics and Paralympics, respectively.
"The emblems of Beijing 2022 combine Chinese culture, an international, modern style and winter sports together,” said Beijing 2022 President Cai Qi.
“They vividly manifest China's national spirit, contemporary image and cultural charm, display the passion, youth and vitality of winter sports, convey the athlete's spirit of going beyond themselves and expresses the glorious anticipation of 1.3 billion Chinese people toward Beijing 2022.”
The ceremony was attended by IOC Vice President Yu Zaiqing, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Beijing 2022 chief Qi as well as Olympic and Paralympic athlete representatives.
International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee Presidents Thomas Bach and Andrew Parsons joined the ceremony via video.
"Today, Beijing is taking another important step on its way to make history - to make history as the first city in the world to host both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games," Bach said.
The Paralympic logo (Beijing 2022)
"The emblem is a symbol of ambitions and dreams,” he continued. “It will build the excitement and anticipation in China and around the whole world for our shared goal of outstanding Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022."
"It is an emblem that encapsulates the Paralympic spirit, but also Chinese culture,” said IPC chief Parsons. "At Beijing 2008, we shaped the way that we organize and we deliver the Paralympic Summer Games and I am sure that Beijing 2022 will do the same for the Paralympic Winter Games."
Organizers launched the emblem search in July 2016, receiving more than 4,500 design proposals in four months. A 15-person committee selected the winning designs that were unveiled today in China’s capital.
The new emblems will begin appearing on merchandise just a day following the launch, with an online store featuring the products opening Dec. 16. China Post will also publish a commemorative stamp for the new emblems on Dec. 31.
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Written by Kevin Nutley
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