China pushes indoor slopes ahead of Winter Games

China is pushing its citizens towards snow sports

through initiatives like this new indoor ski park

ahead of it hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics

Location: Shaoxing

(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) ZHANG DI, GENERAL MANAGER OF SHAOXING QIAOBO SNOW AND ICE WORLD, SAYING:

"We believe winter sports have their own appeal. People who pursue them know that winter sport is 'white opium'. People love it so much. With our successful bid on the Winter Olympics, even after the Olympics, we believe it will drive more people to participate in winter sports. It is not only for 300 million people, but also a sport for all."

Video Transcript

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ZHANG DI: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: We believe winter sports have their own appeal. People who pursue them know that winter sport is "white opium." People love it so much. With our successful bid on the Winter Olympics, even after the Olympics, we believe it will drive more people to participate in winter sports. It is not only for 300 million people, but also a sport for all.

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