Officials overseeing the organisation of the 2022 winter Olympic Games in Beijing have confirmed that venue work for the event is on track.

The Games are due to take place from February 4-20, 2022 and a number of test events are planned for next year.

Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that Wu Weidong, an NPC deputy and Mayor of the nearby city of Zhangjiakou, said that all venues and construction projects in this cluster will be ready by the end of August 2020.

Wang Yanxia, deputy director of the organising committee’s sports department, also told Xinhua that the majority of venue and infrastructure projects have been launched, with smart technology to be used during construction.

Wang said: “For example, the National Speed Skating Oval, the only the newly-built ice venue in Beijing competition zone, will provide athletes with a digital system for timing and speed measurement, and provide spectators with intelligent seat guidance and analysis for real-time event.”

Wang added that weather stations will be built at all snow venues during the Games to collect meteorological data and build accurate weather forecasts.

Beijing 2022 will be the third consecutive Olympics to be held in Asia following the 2018 winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the 2020 summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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