Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics unveils ‘Together for a shared future’ slogan
- ‘We are sparing no effort to make these Olympic Winter Games safe and secure for everyone,’ says IOC president Thomas Bach
- Chinese capital will become first host city of Summer and Winter Games when action begins on February 4 next year
Organisers revealed the slogan at the Capital Museum as they counted down 140 days to the opening of the 24th Winter Olympics on February 4.
“The slogan is a call to all people across the world to march together under the Olympic flag,” the official Twitter account said of the slogan which was picked from 79 submitted from Chinese universities.
Those were whittled down to 11 options by a panel of experts, which were then presented to the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee.
“The final selection, “Together for a Shared Future” which is in line with the characteristics and functions of the motto, which is concise, easy to read, easy to remember, and calls for coming together, demonstrates the Olympic spirit and philosophy of Beijing 2022,” the Olympics and Paralympics websites reported.
“The slogan reflects China’s commitment to overcome global challenges as a community with a shared future for mankind. The slogan demonstrates unity and a collective effort, embodying the core values and vision of the Olympic Movement and the goal of pursuing world unity, peace and progress, as well as the vision of the Paralympic Games, especially making for an inclusive world.
“The words also echo the common demands of the mankind that the world needs to work together towards a better tomorrow, especially under the special situation of the Covid-19 pandemic prevention.
Despite China reporting that it has now fully vaccinated one billion people against Covid-19, it is expected that the coronavirus will cast a shadow over the Games.
Thomas Bach, the IOC president, said that measures were being taken in an open letter published on Friday.
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“While the pandemic is far from over, I would like to reassure you that together with our Chinese partners and friends, we are sparing no effort to make these Olympic Winter Games safe and secure for everyone,” Bach said.
In the letter, Bach also urged for Olympic Committees to ask for Chinese-made vaccines ahead of the Games if they needed extra. Around 100 NOCs are expected to compete in Beijing,
The ongoing China National Games are being viewed as a test run for Covid-19 protocols ahead of the Winter Games, which begin next February.
“‘Together for a Shared Future’ reflects Beijing 2022’s contribution to the Olympic spirit and the contribution of Beijing as the first ever dual Olympic and Paralympic city,” said Chen Ning, Director General of the Culture and Ceremonies Department of Beijing 2022.
“On the basis of the Beijing 2008 Games slogan, ‘One World, One Dream’, it not only embodies the concept of sharing, but also grasps the current pulse of the global pandemic and reflects the common aspirations of all countries in the world to join together for a better future.”
Beijing, which will become the first host of a Summer and Winter Games, will host the Olympics from February 4-20 followed by the Paralympics from March 4-13. Test events will begin next month.
There have been calls to boycott Beijing 2022 in some quarters.