IOC President Thomas Bach on Sunday inaugurated the Olympic rings situated on top of the 250-metre Beijing Olympic Tower, a landmark commemorating the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.President Bach was joined at the inauguration ceremony by Guo Jinlong, President of the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee; Liu Peng, President of the Chinese Olympic Committee; and Beijing's Mayor Wang Anshun. President Bach highlighted the country’s strong commitment to sport and the Olympic values.
“The Olympic rings send a strong message about China's commitment to sport and the Olympic values,” said President Bach. “These Rings bring the Olympic spirit back to the people of Beijing.”
The huge rings will rotate at the top of the Olympic Tower and will be illuminated at night. They can be seen by millions in Beijing, and will even be visible to airline passengers as they come in to land at the Chinese capital's international airport.
President Bach, who was joined by IOC Vice-President Yu Zaiqing and IOC Member Li Lingwei, said that today’s inauguration ceremony was also an opportunity for the Chinese people to look ahead to the next chapter in China’s important contribution to the Olympic Movement. “It is remarkable how quickly Beijing has embraced the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020,” he said. “Through a strong focus on sustainability, legacy and feasibility, the Organising Committee is today already laying the foundation for the success of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.”
With the inauguration of the Olympic rings, Beijing is benefitting from an Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendation to extend access to the Olympic brand for non-commercial use. The rings will attract the attention of the thousands of tourists and locals enjoying the Olympic Park every day.