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12 Aug 2019
Beijing 2008 legacy has 'inspired millions' – will dovetail with 2022 Winter Games

There has been a 'massive increase' in sports participation among the Chinese population following the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Revealing details of legacy programmes to mark the 11th anniversary of the 2008 Games, The Beijing Olympic Development Association (BODA) said there were two sports that exemplify the progress made: tennis and basketball.

The 2008 Games have helped fuel a US$4bn investment into tennis across China and has boosted participation to such an extent that there are now an estimated 14 million players in the country – up from just one million in 1988.

Meanwhile, the success of Chinese player Yao Ming, one of the local stars of Beijing 2008, has helped create a basketball programme that has reached 350 schools and more than 150,000 children across the country, while also helping build school facilities and courts in rural areas.

BODA was founded in 2009 to oversee Olympic legacy projects and manage the financial surplus from the Games for the benefit of sport and culture.

The agency also revealed that there has been an active drive to utilise the infrastructure created for the 2008 Games.

These include the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium, which has – since acting as the main venue in 2008 – been in active use and hosted the 2015 Athletics World Championships.

The Water Cube – the venue for the 2008 aquatics competitions – continues to host national and international sporting events and is also open to the local public.

Of the 16 new venues built for Beijing 2008, 15 are in use today for sports, cultural and recreational activities.

Now, BODA is looking to dovetail the success of the 2008 legacy programmes with the upcoming 2022 Winter Games – also to be held in Beijing.

The agency has announced a key objective of engaging 300 million people in winter sports.

The move will mirror a larger transition of China from an Olympic Summer Games host to an Olympic Winter Games host, an initiative driven by central government.

It has already led to participation levels in winter sports increasing and China’s winter sports industry growing to be worth an estimated US$53.6bn in 2018 – up from US$46.2bn the year before.

Infrastructure created for 2008 will also be used. The Bird's Nest will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for Beijing 2022, while the Water Cube will host the curling competition at Beijing 2022.

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01 Jun 2020
Global Wellness Day 2020 to be celebrated in over 150 countries via 24-hour live stream
Due to the global pandemic, there has been a renewed focus on health and a spotlight shone on wellness. On 13 June 2020 the ninth annual Global Wellness Day will be hosted using a 24-hour live stream to highlight the importance of wellness.
13 May 2020
ISPA Conference and Expo rescheduled to help industry focus on reopening preparations
The International Spa Association (ISPA) has announced it has rescheduled and relocated the 30th annual ISPA Conference and Expo.
13 May 2020
We Work Well launches web-based meeting platform for digital buyers event
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, a plethora of industry events and conferences have been cancelled and rescheduled to avoid risk the spread of the virus.
01 May 2020
Gerry Bodeker, Marc Cohen and Anna Bjurstam to speak at virtual International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference
Spa brand Subtle Energies has announced that this year’s International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference will be hosted online with free entry for all.
29 Apr 2020
Belgin Aksoy says COVID-19 is a wakeup call
In the era of coronavirus and lockdown, people all around the world are turning to wellness for support and comfort. On 13 June 2020 the ninth annual Global Wellness Day will be hosted to emphasise the importance of wellness and taking care of ourselves.
24 Apr 2020
Euphoria launches five-week virtual retreat inspired by Greek mythology
Holistic Greek destination spa, Euphoria, has announced the launch of a free five-week immersive virtual retreat inspired by Greek mythology and the five elements.
20 Apr 2020
Fourth World Wellness Weekend aims to draw more people to the wellness cause
This year’s fourth World Wellness Weekend (WWW) is aiming to shake up perceptions of wellness and help incorporate wellness into more people’s routines.
18 Apr 2020
HOTel&SPA 2020 cancelled – next event will be May 2021
Vladi Kovanic, director of VK Organisation – organiser of Forum HOTel&SPA – has cancelled the event for 2020.
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