ANOC praises success of Beijing 2022
ANOC today praised the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 for providing the stage for athletes from 91 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to inspire the world through their sportsmanship and world-class performances.
The Games, which drew to a close today, saw athletes from 29 countries win medals reflecting the strength of winter sport around the world. Two NOCs – Haiti and Saudi Arabia – made their Winter Games debuts, New Zealand secured its first ever Olympic Winter Games gold medal and countless more NOCs made history in Beijing. A total of 109 sets of medals were awarded in events in 15 disciplines across seven sports, including seven new events.
During the Games, ANOC continued to represent NOC interests in the daily Coordination Committee meetings and also delivered the first Beijing 2022 NOC Photography Programme, which provided NOCs with high-quality photos from the Games they could use to maximise their social media engagement.
Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell said:
“Beijing 2022 put athletes back at the forefront of the world’s attention and allowed them to showcase their exceptional talents. We have witnessed so many incredible performances over the last two weeks which will live long in the memory after we have returned home. We must express our gratitude to the IOC and Beijing 2022 Organising Committee for their tireless efforts in ensuring the Games could be held safely and that our athletes could be provided with the international platform they deserve.
“While the Games is undoubtedly about excellence, it is also about so much more than winning medals. Despite the challenges, the Games united us through sport, and for every medal there were countless more displays of friendship and respect.”
ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg added:
“We sincerely thank Beijing 2022 and the IOC for hosting a wonderful Winter Games. There were of course challenges as at any Games, but our hosts moved so quickly to solve them and the feedback we received from NOCs has been positive.
“The NOCs deserve special recognition for the fantastic job they have done in supporting their athletes before and during Beijing 2022. It has not been easy, especially during a pandemic and with Tokyo 2020 taking place just six months before, but the NOCs have demonstrated their resilience, adaptability and determination to serve their athletes. It has been reflected in the quality of the competitions here in Beijing and the wonderful athlete performances which will have inspired so many around the world.”
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