Night run kicks off sports film festival in Beijing

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Just two weeks to go before we learn who will the host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing's own bid is very much in mind as China's capital mounts its eleventh International Sports Film Week.

You might think ice and snow couldn't be further from the minds of Beijingers as China's capital enters its hottest season. But artificial snowflakes swathed more than 200 runners gathered for this 4.2 kilometer night run. It took place at the China Millennium Monument, and it marked the opening of Beijing's 11th International Sports Film Week.

This unseasonal gesture referred to Beijing's Winter Olympics bid, now pending announcement due on August the 30th.

"The theme for this year's sports film week is centered on Beijing's running for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Apart from the night snow run, there'll be a series of activities to follow, to let more people know about the beauty of winter sports," said Liu Jinmin, executive vice president of Beijing Olympic City Development Accociation.

Runner Chen Penbin, who has just completed a hundred marathons in a hundred days, also showed up for support, as did former badminton Olympic champion Ye Zhaoying.

"I'm a pretty good skier apart from a professional badminton player, and it would be great to see the Winter Olympics held right here in Beijing," said Ye Zhaoying, former badminton olympic champion.

During the week-long event, the public will be able to enjoy a wide range of winter sports films, along with a sports-culture exhibition, film salons, and sports activities.

Film Week was established in 2005, but took off as a key international event with the Beijing Summer Olympic Games of 2008.

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