BEIJING 2008: Coordination Commission Back In Beijing
Next week will see the IOC’s Coordination Commission return to Beijing for the seventh time since the Chinese capital was awarded the Games back in 2001 at the 112th IOC Session in Moscow. The Commission, which is chaired by IOC member Hein Verbruggen, will also be joined for part of this visit by the President of the IOC, Jacques Rogge. The Commission will be looking at a full range of Games-related areas to ensure that the Organising Committee for Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) is continuing to progress in the right direction with its Games preparations.
The Commission will meet with BOCOG from 24 to 26 October, moving through a very busy agenda that will include plenary sessions, working groups and a venue tour - which will allow the members of the Commission to gauge the progress being made on some of the key stadia to be used during the Beijing Games. During the plenary sessions, the Commission will hear reports on subjects such as venue operations, volunteers, education and culture, legacy, and the environment.
With the Beijing Olympic Games a little under two years’ away, the focus for BOCOG is now well and truly turning from a planning phase to an operational client-focused phase. So that the members of the Coordination Commission can gain a better understanding of what BOCOG is planning to provide to the different stakeholders, the largest part of the meetings will be turned over to client-focused working groups covering the athletes, the Olympic Family, the media, the National Olympic Committees, the International Federations, spectators and sponsors.
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.