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Winter Olympics co-host details plans for sports hub

Co-host of the 2022 winter Olympics, Zhangjiakou, has outlined plans to develop a sports hub ahead of the staging of the Games in China.

State news agency Xinhua said five designs for the new sports centre have been posted on local official websites in order to canvass public opinion. The centre will be comprised of a stadium, a gymnasium, an aquatics facility, a speedskating rink and a ball games training venue. It will cover 50 hectares and have the capacity to host over 70,000 people.

Beijing will become the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics after it edged out the rival claims of Almaty, Kazakhstan to land the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games in July. The Chongli district of Zhangjiakou city will hold snow events at the Games including biathlon, Nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboard and freestyle skiing.

Zhangjiakou Mayor Ma Yujun said the city will have all its Olympic venues ready by 2020, when unveiling details of its five-year development plan on Friday. Zhangjiakou is seeking to create an integrated ice and snow industry business including tourism, equipment manufacturing and service by introducing investment from China and abroad.

“We will make breakthroughs in bringing in investments, technology and projects by strengthening communication and cooperation with Japan, South Korea, the United States and some European countries,” Ma said.