IPC approves venue masterplan for Beijing’s winter Paralympics

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has given the green light to Beijing’s venue masterplan for the 2022 winter Paralympic Games.

An IPC governing board meeting signed-off the five competition venues proposed by the Beijing 2022 organising committee, as well as the use of three Paralympic villages in different clusters.

In the Beijing Zone, the National Aquatics Centre will host wheelchair curling, while Para ice hockey events will be in the National Indoor Stadium.

In the Zhangjiakou Zone, the new Biathlon Centre will host Para biathlon and Para cross-country skiing events. Genting Snow Park A will host Para snowboard.

Finally, the Yanqing Zone’s National Alpine Ski Centre will host Para Alpine skiing. Each zone will have a dedicated Paralympic village. All of the venues were included in the bid book which ultimately saw Beijing become the first city to claim hosting rights to the summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in July 2015.

In other news, a final decision on whether Para bobsleigh will be included in the Beijing 2022 Games was deferred until September. The sport was provisionally accepted onto the programme in September 2016 pending the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) meeting a number of conditions.

These included the IBSF staging World Cups over the past two seasons that included a minimum number of events and participating nations. However, the federation failed to meet all of those targets.