BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Right after the 1000-day countdown to the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games, the first Executive Learning Pathway (ELP) for Beijing 2022 was held here on Monday, with the aim of creating alignment and effective cross-functional integration for the delivery of an "Intelligent Games".
Part of the Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM) program, the ELP focuses on educational development designed to equip local organizers senior management with appropriate support from the International Olympic Committee.
A total of seven representatives and professors from the IOC Olympic Games Department, along with vice president and secretary general of Beijing 2022 Han Zirong, and directors of each department of the organizing committee took part in the ELP.
"The Executive Learning Pathway is an essential initiative we have designed for the executives of an OCOG. OCOG basically is a formidable machine. It is that vehicle that is once every two years, the most exposed company in the world. And I'm not exaggerating. This is what it is," Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi said via a video link.
"Once we turn the light on the day of the opening ceremony, the whole world is watching. And we can only do that in a very trusted partnership between all organizations involved."
"We have obviously different kinds of individuals and expertise that is needed, starting from the volunteers up to the managers in different venues. But we also have, and this is tremendously important, the head of the organizing committee, the executives," Dubi added.
Han also pointed out the importance of the ELP.
"This is the first working program of Beijing 2022 after the 1000-day countdown. It demonstrates that the organizing committee is making full use of the expertise from the IOC and other international competitions in order to better prepare for the Games and also the first test event [to be held next February]," Han said.
"All departments within the organizing committee have carefully considered the way in which the Olympic Agenda 2020 and the IOC's New Norm can be implemented. We hope that the program can introduce the useful experience of previous Olympic Games, put forward more constructive opinions, and help us to host an intelligent and efficient Winter Olympics," Han added.