GAISF President Ivo Ferriani today praised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Beijing 2022 Organising Committee, following a spectacular Closing Ceremony at the iconic National Stadium.

“Following 19 days of exciting winter sports action, I would like to congratulate the IOC, Beijing 2022, athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers for delivering a successful Olympic Winter Games and inspiring millions of people in China and around the world to engage in winter sports.

“I can speak from experience and say that the closed-loop system was very successful and there was a fantastic Olympic spirit throughout the Games. This would of course not have been possible if it wasn’t for all the hard work behind-the-scenes and everyone coming together to deliver a safe and secure Olympic Winter Games.

“I understand that the Opening Ceremony was the most watched broadcast in China in a decade, this is fantastic news for the future of ice and snow sports in China. With more than 2.7 billion comments about the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on the IOC’s social media platforms, I have no doubt that millions more people will participate in winter sports activities as a result.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the GAISF Members of Olympic winter sports for your hard work and efforts to provide the best possible support for your athletes.”

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