BEIJING 2008: 5th IOC Coordination Commission Visit To Beijing Begins
The IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 will make its fifth visit this week to Beijing, the host city of the 2008 Summer Games. With Beijing having learned the lessons of Athens, preparations are well underway for the Games, however much work still remains to be done and the Commission will be looking to see how much progress has actually been made since its last visit. The Coordination Commission is also expected to visit Qingdao, the site of the sailing events during the 2008 Games, to survey the state of preparations in this co-host city.
During its visit, the Coordination Commission will examine the progress of the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) in a number of key areas. These areas will include subjects such as, relations with the co-host cities, sports, construction, marketing, communications, the Olympic Torch Relay, NOC relations, media operations and Games services. The last day of the Coordination Commission visit will coincide with the mascot launch for Beijing 2008.
The members of the IOC Coordination Commission will also be looking to see Beijing 2008’s progress concerning the wider aspects of hosting an Olympic Games, such as in the areas of culture and the environment. Beijing has already started to carry out several projects relating to its bid themes of Green, People’s and High-tech Olympic Games, and the Commission members will be expecting to hear about BOCOG’s future plans to fulfil these themes during their visit to China.
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 will take place from 8 until 24 August 2008. The Games in Beijing will play host to the 28 summer sports currently on the Olympic programme. Approximately 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in the Games, with around 20,000 accredited media bringing the Games to the world.