MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are being carried out according to schedule, Alexander Zhukov, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s coordination commission for the 2022 Winter Games, told Sputnik on Wednesday.
"Now the preparations are at the initial stage, but Beijing is already fairly well prepared for the Games. Firstly, it has a lot of experience of hosting major events, including athletic ones. Secondly, the Games' organizing committee has already been established, [and is] a very skilled and professional one," Zhukov, who is also president of the Russian Olympic Committee, said.
He added that China's current overall readiness for the Games could be estimated as high although the organizers were still dealing with some logistic issues.
Beijing is expected to become the first city ever to host both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, having hosted the Summer Games in 2008.