BEIJING 2008: 6th Coordination Commission Visit To Begin Tomorrow
Tomorrow, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission, under the leadership of its Chairman, Hein Verbruggen, will begin its sixth visit to the Host City of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 - Beijing. With the Games now just over two years away, the Commission will be looking closely to see that the Organising Committee for Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) is continuing on track in its preparations for the Games.
During the three days of meetings and visits, the Commission will participate in a venue tour of several key venues in the Beijing area, including the Olympic Green, the Laoshan Velodrome and the Wukesong Basketball Stadium. The Commission will also hear reports from BOCOG on topics such as communications, ceremonies, the environment and technology during the plenary sessions of the meeting.
In addition to the visits and plenary meetings, there will also be working group meetings, which will focus on the services to be offered to the various stakeholders present at the Olympic Games. These meetings will cover National Olympic Committees, athletes, the media, sponsors and spectators amongst others. The working groups allow the members of the Commission to look at the concrete details that will be important in looking after these different populations. This is a change from previous commission meetings in Beijing, during which the working groups looked at broader topics such as accommodation, sports and accreditation, and is a solid indication that BOCOG is now moving from a planning perspective to a much more operationally focused phase in its lifecycle.
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 will take place from 8 to 24 August 2008. The Games in Beijing will play host to the 28 summer sports currently on the Olympic programme comprising 302 events in total. Approximately 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in the Games, with around 20,000 accredited media bringing the Games to the world.