Chinese vice premier Sun Chunlan spoke of the need for solid training, a sense of honor and above all for confidence from China's winter sport athletes during her inspection in the Beijing 2022 snow events zone on Monday.
The athletes are currently undergoing training here in the mountains of Chongli, north of Beijing. Sun observed the construction of venues, listened to a report of the current state of Beijing 2022 competition preparations, inspected the training of national skiing teams and talked with athletes in this district of Zhangjiakou in Hebei province, situated 200 kilometers northwest of Beijing, which will stage most of the skiing events of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
"To organize the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games successfully is one of the priorities for China. I hope everyone can promote a positive sporting spirit and the Olympic spirit, aim for our target and work hard," said Sun.
"Everyone needs to try hard to improve our competition skills, make efforts for better results, display the outstanding morals, win glory for the motherland and add lustre to life."
Sun called for tightly-knit, painstaking work in the competition preparations.
"You need to find the weak links and mend them, stick to scientific training, and strengthen research on rules for various events," said Sun, stressing the importance of accumulating and analyzing past experience in competitions, training management, on-site commanding, Games organization, sporting science and new technologies.
Sun also called to continue the fight against doping.
"Zero tolerance for doping in the national teams is a basic requirement. Our goal is to safeguard the cleanness of Beijing 2022 and ensure that ice and snow sports can be as pure as ice and snow," said Sun.
Sun also called on relevant departments to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by Beijing 2022 to promote ice and snow sports among the public, to improve sport fitness facilities, to push forward the coordinated development of mass sports, competitive sports and the wider sports industry.