The City of
Lahti and the City of Zhangjiakou, which will host the Nordic skiing sports
during the Olympic Games, will sign a twin-city agreement on Sunday 25
November, valid for five years, to promote cooperation between winter
sports–related companies from Lahti and in China. At the same time, the
Lahti-based company JK Pro Coaching and the Zhangjiakou Xuanhua government will
conclude a long-term coaching agreement.
build a culture of Nordic skiing sports, such as cross-country skiing, ski
jumping and Nordic combined in the area,’ says coach Jani Klinga of JK Pro
Coaching. He has been analysing the situation and building the basis for future
co-operation in Zhangjiakou for about a year.
the work will be focused closely on the Youth Olympic School in Zhangjiakou.
Klinga and his assistant coaches have been responsible for coaching its pupils.
The training of young athletes will initially take place in China, and later on
in Lahti. The agreement will be in force for several years and will gradually
be expanded with regard to coaching and other activities.
to Klinga, China is still a small player in Nordic skiing sports, but the Olympics
will increase investment in winter sports in the country. The Chinese
government’s goal is to have 300 million people regularly taking part in winter
sports by 2022.
In order to
meet this goal, China will have to invest in creating a winter sports tradition,
building an infrastructure that supports winter sports, ensuring the
availability and service of equipment, as well as offering coaching and
well-being services. This offers great opportunities for exporting top Finnish expertise,
services and products.
region has a number of significant winter sports–related companies, such as
Startex, known for its ski waxes, Peltonen Ski Oy, and Luhta Sportswear
Company. Based on the twin-city agreement between Lahti and Zhangjiakou, the
City of Lahti is also involved in offering expertise in designing and building
infrastructure for winter sports and organising related events.
to Raija Forsman, CEO of the marketing company Lahti Region Ltd, Lahti is
mainly presented in China as the nearest European winter sports city with
significant expertise in organising winter events and two sports institutes recognised
by the Olympic Committee. In addition, Chinese people are interested in the
have athletes and camp school groups from China visiting Vierumäki and
Pajulahti sports institutes. The number of Chinese visitors is growing, and the
twin-city agreement helps to promote Lahti in Zhangjiakou, another Olympic city
in addition to Beijing, and particularly to encourage the tour operator network
in our twin city to cooperate with Visit Lahti,’ says Forsman.
to Denis Mustonen, Head of Foreign Affairs at the City of Lahti, preparations
for the twin city agreement lasted two years, which will lay the foundations
for cooperation between companies involved in exporting winter sports services
practice, the cooperation is organised via the WKH – Winter Know How
project launched by the marketing company Lahti Region and the regional
development company LADEC. These activities are part of a more extensive
Finnish export consortium.
information about the twin city agreement, contact:
Pekka Timonen, Mayor, City of Lahti,
tel. +358 50 337 4386
Denis Mustonen, Head of Foreign Affairs, City of
Lahti, tel. +358 40 820 9473
information about the coaching agreement:
Coach Jani Klinga, tel. +358 50 522