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Construction of Beijing’s National Speed Skating Stadium to begin in 2016

Beijing’s National Speed Skating Stadium, one of the stadiums designed to host events for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, will be constructed in 2016, according to Li Yinchuan, Director of the Administration of Sport. Once the structure is completed, it will be open to both athletes and the public.

If Beijing and Shijiazhuang are successful in their joint bid to host the 2022 Olympic Games, stadiums in Beijing will be expected to hold the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games and Paralympic Games, as well as events in four sports: figure skating, speed skating, ice hockey and curling. Figure skating and short track speed skating would be held in Beijing’s Capital Stadium, while curling would be held in the Water Cube and ice hockey at Wukesong Stadium.

Li explained:

The National Speed Skating Stadium to be constructed will host long and medium distance speed skating competitions and construction will be finished within one year as scheduled regardless of the result of our bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The National Speed Skating Stadium will be located west of the Olympic Park and south of the National Tennis Centre. Equipped with 12,000 seats for spectators and skating tracks as long as 400m, the National Stadium will be suitable for both athletic training and public recreational use.

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