President of China Xi Jinping officially announced the opening of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing during the opening ceremony of the event at the Bird’s Nest Stadium on Friday, APA reports citing TASS.
"I declare the 24th Winter Olympic Games as open," Xi Jinping said.
The official opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games kicked off at the National Stadium, the Bird’s Nest, in Beijing, earlier in the day.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, IOC (the International Olympic Committee) President Thomas Bach said: "We all looked forward with great anticipation to an exciting opening ceremony. It is very different but is as exciting as Beijing 2008."
"You, the Olympics athletes, you will show how the world could look like if we all respect the same rules and each other," Bach said.