Zhang Jiandong (2nd R), Vice Mayor of Beijing and Executive Vice President of Beijing 2022, attends the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) World Broadcaster Meeting (WBM) online at the Shougang headquarters in Beijing, China, Feb. 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Ju Huanzong)
The OBS World Broadcaster Meeting for Beijing 2022 was held in Madrid to discuss the coverage of the Olympic Winter Games.
MADRID, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) World Broadcaster Meeting (WBM) was held here on Monday to discuss the coverage of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, attended by representatives from the International Olympic Committee, OBS and Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHB) around the world.
After the World Broadcaster Briefing last year, the WBM marks another important milestone in Beijing's progress towards its second Olympic Games, now less than two years away.
"The meeting is extremely important not only for the Olympic movement but also for the entire sports community in the world. Beijing 2022's aim is to get the best possible stage for the Olympic Games. You are the most important part of the transmission of Olympic values. Without you the communication will be blocked," said IOC Vice President Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr.
"Remember that the last time we went to Beijing for the Games in 2008, millions of people through your good work were able to follow the Games. The distribution at that time was extremely successful. There is a long road to go to Beijing in 2022 and for all of us to make the delivery very successful. We are very confident that our team and colleagues from Beijing in 2022 have the experience and the people," he added.
A file photo taken on August 8, 2008 shows the fireworks display during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games held at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, China. (Xinhua/Chen Kai)
The Beijing 2022 organizing committee attended the meeting online at their Shougang headquarters in the west of China's capital. During the meeting, host broadcaster OBS informed rights holders of the broadcast and operational plans for Beijing 2022, including the Olympic Channel news service, multi-channel distribution, and digital content service.
"The preparations are on track and very well advanced. You can see how much the development of the venue, the organizational structure and all the logistics have been done. It's an important meeting which for many of you signals the start of the preparations for the Games," said OBS CEO Yiannis Exarchos. "Also, please allow me on behalf of all of you to express our solidarity to Beijing 2022 and their government [during the coronavirus outbreak]."
A photo taken on Dec. 14, 2019 shows the Shougang ski jumping platform, the Big Air venue for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. (Xinhua/Xia Yifang)
Zhang Jiandong, Vice Mayor of Beijing and Executive Vice President of Beijing 2022, gave thanks to all parties for their understanding that the meeting was relocated to Madrid due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
"China has been taking effective measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus and has won praise from the World Health Organization and many countries. We are confident that we have the capability and will overcome the epidemic," he said.
"We will try our best to push forward preparations for Beijing 2022 amid the fight against the virus and make sure preparatory work is done on time and up to standard."
According to Zhang, all competition venues for Beijing 2022 will be completed by the end of 2020 and teams will be established to get ready for test events. The main media center will be handed over to OBS in July 2021.
Beijing 2022 plans to appeal for global slogan proposals and reveal the Games' theme song this year, with plans for the Olympic torch relay also on the agenda. ■