Beijing 2022 conclude ice tests for Para ice hockey and wheelchair curling
‘Experience Beijing’ successfully examined various facilities and procedures for positive Games delivery24 Apr 2021
The National Indoor Stadium will host wheelchair curling competition at Beijing 2022
By IPC and Beijing 2022
Legacy venues of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games have been successfully converted and tested to host ice competitions at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.
The National Aquatic Centre, which saw swimming events in 2008, is ready for more action when the puck drops in Para ice hockey. Meanwhile, the former wheelchair basketball venue - National Indoor Stadium – is hoping to be the site of national pride where the Chinese wheelchair curling team aims to repeat their Paralympic title.
Both venues underwent successful examinations that checked Games procedures, competitions, mixed zones and more as part of the “Experience Beijing” testing programme that concluded on 10 April.
Fine-tuning COVID-19 protocols was a high priority at the venues, with dry runs that included sports exhibitions and no-contact award ceremony conducted to provide a glimpse into what athletes can expect.
To reduce the number of operational staff and service volunteers, artificial intelligence robots will operate at both venues, delivering documents, carrying luggage and moving equipment along routes.
Yao Hui, head of the venue management department of the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee said: "We have tested everything as we can such as registration, award ceremony, sports exhibition, spectator experience, media operation and broadcast service, and transportation. The result is satisfying.”