Chinese Vice Premier urges athletes to gear up for Beijing 2022

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BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan called on Chinese athletes to work hard in order to achieve a good performance at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, inspects a national winter sports training center in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 14, 2019. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

Sun urged China's winter sports teams to learn from more established winter sports nations, as well as China's successful summer sports teams, in order that they might improve and achieve better results in international competitions. She added that winter sports athletes should also make their own contributions, as China strives to boost the development and popularity of winter sports and deliver a successful 2022 Winter Olympics.

Chinese athletes captured one gold, six silvers and two bronze medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, with Wu Dajing claiming China's sole gold medal in the men's 1150m short track speed skating event.

Sun, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks after greeting China's short track speed skating, figure skating and curling teams in Beijing on Monday.