The president of the International Olympic Committee hailed Beijing 2022 as a very successful Winter Olympics against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Beijing 2022 draws close to the end, Thomas Bach gave a warm welcome to the journalists at what's supposed to be his last press conference of this Games.
He says whether an Olympics is a success is subject to two criteria: athletes and venues, and these two criteria depend on each other.
The athletes are happy and are more than happy.
They are extremely satisfied with the venues, with the Villages, with the services having been offered,
and with the safety in the closed loop under these very difficult circumstances.
At the early stage of the Games, there were reports of complaints about the isolation facilities made by a couple of athletes who tested positive for COVID, but the problem was solved in a quick manner.
With a COVID infection rate of 0.01% within the closed loop, Bach calls it "one of the safest places on Earth".
Beijing 2022 has set viewship records, Bach says the Olympic Games have kept their traditional fans,
and at the same time have won over millions of new fans, the younger generation in particular.