BEIJING 2008: First Project Review of 2007 gets underway
An IOC delegation, led by the Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Hein Verbruggen, has arrived in Beijing for the first IOC Executive Project Review of the year, which will be held on 16 and 17 January. The group, comprising members of the IOC administration and IOC experts in areas related to the organisation of the Games, will receive updates on the progress of work since the last full Coordination Commission visit last October. The next visit of the full Commission will take place in April this year.
A Number of Topics
The project review team will hear updates on a number of topics, notably, sport, spectator services, National Olympic Committee services, the Olympic Village, media operations, venue construction and infrastructure, culture and education, and legacy. These updates will give the project review group the opportunity to see the advances that BOCOG has made and to use their experience to help guide BOCOG with any questions or issues that may arise.
Executive Project Review
Project reviews allow the Chairmen of the different IOC Coordination Commissions, along with members of the IOC administration and, where necessary, other members of the Coordination Commissions and IOC experts, to be updated on their respective Olympic Games projects in between the full visits of the Coordination Commission. The full Commission visits once a year until four years before the Games, and then twice a year until the Games.
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. Approximately 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in the Games with around 20,000 accredited media bringing the Games to the world.