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16 Jan 2004
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Beijing 2008: entering phase of "full scale preparations"

The Executive President of the Beijing Organising Committee (BOCOG), Wang Qishan, announced at the first Plenary Session of BOCOG, held on 15 January in Beijing, that BOCOG has accomplished all the tasks of the "first" phase and has entered the "second" phase of their preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games. "From 2004 to 2006, it is the period for full-scale preparations," Wangsaid.

Three phases
According to the Master Plan, which serves as the guidelines for Beijing's Olympic preparatory work, the seven years between 2002 and 2008 are divided into three phases. The first phase was from 2002 to 2003, during which four important tasks, namely the Olympic venue conceptual design and construction, launch of the marketing programme, official emblem solicitation and unveiling, and BOCOG's basic organisational building, had been fulfilled.

Most of Olympic projects completed by end of 2006
The second phase is between 2004 to 2006, by the end of which most of the Olympic projects should have been completed, while the period from 2007 until the opening of the Games is the third phase, designated for the test events and fine-tuning.

2004: a key year
Wang urged all parties concerned to continue to spare no effort in preparing the Beijing Olympic Games in 2004, which he called a "key year." According to Wang, construction of 11 stadiums and gymnasiums is scheduled to start this year, and the selection of the first batch of BOCOG's marketing partners will be finalised in the first half of the year. BOCOG will also work out detailed plans on security, traffic and logistics.

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