President Xi and Chinese Friends Make the "More Unity" Motto a Reality——Interview with Prince Albert II, Head of State of Monaco

  Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, February 8th: President Xi and Chinese friends make the "more unity" motto a reality - an exclusive interview with Prince Albert II, head of state of Monaco

  Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhou Jieji Ye Dong Yixing

  Prince Albert II, the head of state of Monaco, who came to attend the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency that President Xi Jinping and Chinese friends have made the new Olympic motto of "more unity" a reality.

  "The opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics is a great interpretation of the new Olympic motto of 'more unity', fully demonstrating Chinese culture and technology, and what the Olympic spirit means to everyone in China and the world." Albert II The Prince has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985. In an interview on the evening of the 7th, he said, "We thank you, President Xi and every friend in China and Beijing, for making us feel at home and letting the Olympic spirit come alive. Lively."

  Prince Albert II visited the small Spring Festival temple fair held in the Great Hall of the People on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year. He was very interested in the combination of traditional Chinese culture and Olympic elements. ”, and said with a smile: one is not enough, two must be!

  Prince Albert II spoke highly of the fact that China has "driven 300 million people to participate in ice and snow sports" ahead of schedule by hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics.

He said that the global ice and snow sports will thus usher in a turning point, "this will promote the development of ice and snow sports around the world, allow people to participate in different winter sports, and also promote people to have a healthy lifestyle. This is very important for the Olympic movement. , is also crucial to the global ice and snow movement.”

  Prince Albert II believes that a commitment to a greener and more sustainable Beijing Winter Olympics will leave a rich legacy in the future, not only in the use of renewable energy, adequate planning and utilization of venues, but also in The changes brought by "driving 300 million people to participate in ice and snow sports" to Beijing and China.

  He said that as the world's first "Double Olympic City", Beijing is fully implementing the "Olympic 2020+5 Agenda", placing heritage and sustainability at the core of the Winter Olympics preparations.

"The 2008 Olympic venues, such as the 'Water Cube', are now the 'Ice Cube', and this dual-use approach for both the Summer and Winter Olympics will inspire future Olympic committees and venues to make better use of their venue."

  Prince Albert II said that Monaco and China have many cooperations in the fields of economy, culture, environment, sports and education, which are of mutual benefit. Continue this partnership in the future."

  In the past 14 years, China has successively hosted the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Prince Albert II attended the opening ceremonies of these three games.

  He said: "The 2008 Olympic Games have left a deep impression on me both in terms of scale and venues, and the opening ceremony at that time also presented China to the world. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games will bring this event to a new stage and allow more Young people are involved in sports. The 2022 Winter Olympics will not only make Beijing the world's first 'double Olympic city', but also prove to the world that China can host a green and sustainable Olympic Games."