- Wednesday, 27 July 2016
The venue, which will be used for bobsleigh, luge and skeleton in China’s capital, is expected to be built in the Yanqing venue cluster, which is around 100 kilometres from Beijing itself.
Both shortlisted locations have been agreed after International Luge Federation (FIL) President Joseph Fendt and International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) counterpart Ivo Ferriani made a “flying visit” to Beijing to assess the situation.
Before deciding on their preferred choice, both governing bodies have requested more information about both sites, including on proposed layout.
This should arrive before the end of August, with a final decision then taken alongside experts from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Another visit will be made to China to help with preparations.
Fendt and Ferriani were accompanied in China by chairmen of the organisation’s Track Commissions – Giacomo Dariz and Thomas Schwab from the IBSF and Markus Aschauer and Walter Plaikner from the FIL.
“Visiting Beijing now together with our FIL colleagues was very important to explain the basic requirements and the expectations of both Federations,” said Ivo Ferriani.
“Our main focus is on the sport and the sustainability of this project.
“I am pleasantly surprised as to how excellent the Organising Committee prepared our visit.
“Our comments were carefully noted and I am sure that these will have been taken into account at our next visit.”
A delegation from Beijing travelled to the Königssee track in Germany in June as part of their planning for the new track.
This was for a valuable “fact-finding” mission.
Both Fendt and Ferriani were in attendance alongside other representatives from both governing bodies.
Beijing, also the host of the Summer Olympics in 2008, were awarded the 2022 rights at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur last year.
The Chinese bid saw off competition from Kazakh city Almaty by 44 votes to 40.
No city has hosted both the Summer and Winter Games before.