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13 Jun 2007
IOC News , museum-news-articles

A second Chinese stone in the donors’ wall

On 12 June 2007, in the presence of IOC President Jacques Rogge, Honorary President Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC member Zhenliang He, Director General Urs Lacotte and Olympic Museum Director Francis Gabet, a large delegation from the Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation led by Qihua Xie and Lejiang Xu, former Group Chairwoman and current Chairman respectively, unveiled a new stone in the donor’s wall worth one million dollars.

65th stone given by Baosteel!
This is the 65th stone given to the Olympic Museum since it was built, and follows the one given earlier this year by another Chinese company. In his speech, the IOC President thanked the Baosteel representatives for their generosity, now immortalised in the wall, and explained that the company was strongly involved in the organisation of the 2008 Games, with the construction of several important venues including the “bird’s nest”. It was after a visit to the Olympic Museum that the then Group Chairwoman, Qihua Xie, decided that Baosteel would support the Museum. The donation document was signed in February during a visit to China by the Museum Director.

A major constructor for the 2008 Games
Baosteel is building the National Stadium for the 2008 Games in Beijing. Known as the bird’s nest because of its avant-garde design, it was designed by the Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron and the Chinese Institute of Architectural Design. It is bowl-shaped with a grey steel structure, covered with a transparent membrane. At 330m long, 220m wide and 69.2 m high, it will have room for 80,000 spectators!

The biggest steel producer in China
The Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation is the biggest steel producer in China, and the seventh biggest in the world. Based in Baoshan, a suburb of Shanghai, it employs more than 50,000 people. Baosteel’s products cover three categories: carbon steel, stainless steel and alloy steel.
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