GLOBALink | IOC President: Olympic spirit shines brightly thanks to Chinese people

Published in CHINA
Monday, 14 March 2022 16:48

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach described the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games as "truly exceptional." Find out why he made such a comment in this video of GLOBALink.

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GLOBALink | Swiss snowboarder Pat Burgener plans music career in China after Olympics

Published in CHINA
Thursday, 17 February 2022 15:42

Swiss snowboard star and musician Pat Burgener is planning to shine off-piste after the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. He shared with Xinhua his dream of embarking on a music tour around China following the mega sporting event.

Burgener, a two-time snowboard Olympian, finished 11th in the men's halfpipe final run on Friday. He expressed his satisfaction with the organization of the Games.

Burgener said he will leave China on Sunday to return to Switzerland, with positive memories that will last for a lifetime.

Besides snowboarding, Burgener has pursued a parallel career in music since 2014.

The 27-year-old musician and snowboarder said nothing could spoil his mood as he has already had several creative projects in store.

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GLOBALink | Paper pleating artworks help present charm of Winter Olympics

Published in CHINA
Tuesday, 15 February 2022 13:25

Bing Dwen Dwen, the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games' official mascot, and Shuey Rhon Rhon, mascot of the Paralympic Winter Games, are topping trends on China's Internet platforms, and the fervor for the mascots epitomizes Chinese people's increasing enthusiasm towards winter sports.

Li Xue is an inheritor of paper pleating and paper folding art in the city of Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

She ingeniously makes the mascots with paper after a series of procedures including selecting materials, cutting, pleating, shaping and assembling.

Li hopes her paper-pleating artwork can present the beauty of China's intangible cultural heritage and the charm of the Winter Olympics.


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GLOBALink | Chinese researchers develop snowmaking technologies for 2022 Winter Olympics

Published in CHINA
Thursday, 10 February 2022 18:05

How could high-quality competition snow be ensured for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics? A Chinese expert in the snow service team breaks it down in this video. #Beijing2022

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NBC Olympics Selects SES Satellite Distribution for its 4K HDR Production of 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang

Published in World
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:10

SES to Enable NBC Olympics to Transmit High Dynamic Range Signal Across the United States During Its Coverage of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

STAMFORD, CONN. – February 13, 2018 – NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected SES to provide 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) satellite distribution for its production of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, which take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 8 - February 25. The announcement was made today by David Mazza CTO & SVP, NBC Olympics, and Steve Corda, Vice President, North America Media Platform, SES.

SES will use its satellite platform to distribute the NBC Olympics HDR feed to their affiliates throughout the United States, utilizing the SES-1 satellite located at 101 degrees West. As part of the implementation, SES has provided preconfigured satellite receivers to the affiliates that will be receiving the HDR feed. SES’s 4K platform provides multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs) in the United States access to the world’s largest bouquet of linear 4K programming.

“NBC Olympics is pleased to work with SES to offer 4K HDR coverage of the PyeongChang Games to our valued distribution partners,” said Mazza. “The HDR feed distributed by SES, and presented by Xfinity, will complement our HDR Video On Demand offering available to MVPDs and satellite providers across the United States.”

“We are pleased that NBC has entrusted SES again, similar to the 2016 Summer Olympics, to help deliver the 4K programming for these Olympic Winter Games,” said Corda. “Our 4K platform provides MVPDs throughout the Americas access to the world’s largest selection of linear 4K programming.”

NBC Olympics will distribute 4K HDR coverage, provided by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and Japan’s NHK, to U.S. distribution partners who will individually choose how they will make the content available to their customers.

NBC’s 4K HDR coverage of the PyeongChang Games will be made available on delay, and will include 4K footage from the Opening Ceremony, hockey, figure skating, short track speed skating, ski jumping, and snowboard big air competitions. Up to four events from the previous day’s competition will be provided daily from February 10, the day after the Opening Ceremony, through February 26, the day after the Games conclude.

Xfinity is the presenting sponsor of NBC Olympics’ 4K coverage of the PyeongChang Games.

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President of Georgia will attend Summer Rio Olympic games

Published in Politics
Friday, 29 July 2016 16:51

The President of Georgia will attend Summer Rio Olympic games in August. According to Tengiz Pkhaladze, Giorgi Margvelashvili will arrive in Brazil with First Lady Maka Chichua. He will meet World Leaders in the frames of Rio Summer Olympics.
“This will be President’s first visit in Brazil. Central and South American countries are too important for Georgia,”-Tengiz Pkhaladze said. 

Visa and Bradesco Bring a Payment Wearable to Brazil, Offering a New Way to Pay at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Published in World
Friday, 17 June 2016 13:17

The first phase of the Pulseira Bradesco Visa launch will include participation by approximately three thousand people

Wearable will be piloted during the Olympics, an event sponsored by both companies

São Paulo, June 16, 2016 – Today, Visa and Bradesco introduced the Pulseira Bradesco Visa, the first payment wearable by the two companies for the Brazilian market that is being piloted in advance of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The new product, which will be universally accepted at Rio 2016, is an innovation in contactless payments powered by Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that combines technology, fashion and sports, the to improve consumers’ shopping experience.

The Pulseira Bradesco Visa is one of the new payment form factors that will offered in Rio, giving select fans and attendees the chance to swipe, tap, dip or click when paying at the games. The wearable band is exclusively available in Brasil, where it will be e accepted by over one million electronic NFC-enabled readers, which allow information exchange between devices through proximity. During the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, all of the four thousand POS terminals deployed at the Olympic Park will feature the technology.

“Brazil is one of our top markets in the world, especially because it is a country that welcomes innovations. Consumers, who are becoming increasingly demanding, are always on the lookout for innovations, convenience and things that fit in with and facilitate their day-to-day. The Bradesco Visa Bracelet fits this bill by transforming the user experience and simplifying payments,” explains Percival Jatoba, Vice President of Products at Visa Brazil. “As one of the global leaders in payment technology, we are collaborating with players in our industry and developers to offer a future where different devices found in people’s daily lives are able to conduct financial transactions conveniently, quickly and securely,” he says.

In order to enhance the user experience, an companion app allows customers to monitor their transaction history, view their account balance, block the device in the event of theft or loss, and top up their balance on the accompanying prepaid card. Relying on the security and reliability of Visa’s processing platform, payments made by a wearable are protected by the same standard terms and conditions applied to cards.

“Technology has often evolved and our challenge is to meet the expectations of our customers. Incorporate electronic payment to clothing with the adoption of the wearable technology is aligned with Bradesco Cartões’ strategy to offer the most modern things to our customers”, says Cesário Nakamura, Bradesco Cartões Director.

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Easy to use, just put on a Bradesco Visa Bracelet and place it close to a merchant’s contactless payment POS to make a purchase. To facilitate the experience, purchases below BRL 50 (equivalent of approximately 14 US Dollars) won’t require the use of a PIN.

With a modern design and featuring the logo of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Pulseira Bradesco Visa is resistant to sweat and water, including salt water. “Those who enjoy exercising, nightlife and participating in sports events will vouch for the functionality of this new payment method," says Martha Krawczyk, Vice President of Marketing at Visa Brazil.

Bradesco has always made use of technology to transform its relationship with customers. "We are excited to see how consumers will react to this type of mobile device. Our goal is to ensure that consumers have a satisfactory experience to then offer Bracelet Bradesco Visa for a larger customer base”, concludes Nakamura.

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Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world's most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead of time with prepaid or pay later with credit products . For more information, visit:, ,

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