ICYMI – Anticipation and victory in the world of sport, from China to Abu Dhabi
A snowboarder goes down a slope at the Thaiwoo ski resort in Zhangjiakou close to venues for the Winter Olympics Beijing 2022, Hebei province, China, November 20, 2021. China hopes hosting the Games will springboard the country towards becoming a winter sports destination and will help deliver on a target set by President Xi Jinping to get 300 million Chinese involved in winter sports, with an aim to build a 1 trillion yuan ($157 billion) industry. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Anticipation for the upcoming Winter Games in Beijing is in the air, carrying with it hopes that the global event will springboard the country towards becoming a winter sports destination. Preparation for the Games has transformed the once-impoverish Chongli district into the a home for Western-style resort villages like Thaiwoo, with a brewpub and shops for global brands like Bogner and Patagonia.
Elsewhere in the world of sport, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claimed the win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a dramatic final stretch to the finish line. Rival team Mercedes has since filed notice of their intention to appeal the win arguing that the race director mismanaged a key decision in the closing moments of the race.
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China’s winter sports industry hopes Olympic Games yield white gold
China wants to build a thriving winter sports ecosystem, from success on the slopes to world-class resorts and the manufacture of equipment to service them.
Verstappen wins F1 title after thrilling Abu Dhabi finale
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Formula One championship, denying Lewis Hamilton a record eighth, with a last-lap overtake to win amid controversy and high drama.
Olaf Scholz is sworn in as new German chancellor
Wednesday’s ceremony in the Bundestag ended 16 years of conservative rule under Merkel and paved the way for a pro-European coalition government that has promised to boost green investment.