The safety of mountaineers in China’s recently concluded Qomola
ngma climbing season, which saw 241 climbers scale the peak from the Chinese side, was ensured throu
gh good management practices, the government of the Tibet autonomous region said on Friday.
Twelve Chinese mountaineers, 21 Chinese guides, 94 foreign mountaineers and 108 Sherpa guides
made it to the summit from April 10 to May 30, according to the Tibet Mountaineering Association.
Two alpinists, however, have become the victims on the north face of the
mountain in Tibet’s Dingri county, resulting from the extreme physical demands.
“Mountaineering is a high-risk sport, and safety is the priority,” said Pema Trinley, the association’s deputy director.
ew stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijin
g and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. “We will end
eavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the
Water Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in prepa
ring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.
According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 v
enues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faciliti
es built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) into a
curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.
ity in nursing services,” Jiao said. “We will release a detailed standard for evaluating nursing services for the disab
led elderly population, including psychological needs, so the services will aim precisely at those most in need,” she said.
Xi Huan, vice-president of Beijing Hospital, said major medical institutions need to m
ake more efforts to improve services for the elderly, including the promotion of disease prevention edu
cation and increased follow-up visits for elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital.
“Big hospitals should provide more help for elderly patients, and more follow-up nursing services after they leave the ho
spital, so they can get timely help if problems occur at home or at community health centers,” he said.