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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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18 Oct 2019
FIBO reveals details for Southeast Asia event: Singapore picked as host
The first-ever FIBO Southeast Asia fitness event will be held in Singapore next year.
16 Oct 2019
Planning application submitted for Birmingham's £70m Commonwealth Games stadium
Proposals for the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham have been submitted to the city council’s planning department.
16 Oct 2019
Noel Asmar Group launches new textile recycling initiative for hotels and spas
Uniform manufacturer Noel Asmar Group has launched a new sustainability initiative, Hospitality Lifecycle, a textile recycling programme for hotels and spas.
15 Oct 2019
Seth Mattison to deliver keynote at first ISPA Talent Symposium
The International Spa Association (ISPA) has announced Seth Mattison, an international expert on workforce trends and strategy, as its keynote speaker at the ISPA Talent Symposium which is taking place on 15 April 2020.
15 Oct 2019
GWI report: global physical activity sector worth US$828bn
The physical activity economy is now a US$828bn (€752bn, £655bn) market – and its value is expected to grow further to US$1.1tn (€1tn, £870bn) by 2023.
14 Oct 2019
CIDESCO announces new board appointments at 67th World Congress
CIDESCO International, the standards setter for the global spa and beauty industries, has announced that Sandy Fuhr has been elected as its new president.
11 Oct 2019
Three rising stars named winners of Future Fit Training's Legacy Award
Three health and fitness industry professionals at the beginning of their careers have shared the spoils of a £75,000 achievement award created by Future Fit Training.
10 Oct 2019
Don Quixote, suffragettes and puppets who come to life: Aufguss World Championships get creative
For the first time, a woman has been crowned top aufguss master in the world at the Aufguss World Championships, held last month at the newly built Spa Berendonck in The Netherlands.
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