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02 Aug 2005
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BEIJING 2008: Four More Cities For 2008

The Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) has announced that partnership agreements have been signed with the four cities, outside Beijing, that will host the football preliminaries during the 2008 Games. The four cities in question are Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenyang and Qinhuangdao.
Effective Systems
During the signing ceremony, which was attended by the Vice-Mayors of the four cities in question, BOCOG President Liu Qi requested that BOCOG, the municipal authorities and the organising offices in these co-host cities set-up an effective command system, so that they are better able to communicate with each other during the preparatory work.
Construction On Schedule
The construction of the venues in these four cities is well on track, with the construction work on the Tianjin stadium having started earlier this year and the work on the Qinhuangdao stadium having finished on 30 July last year. The venues in Shanghai and Shenyang already exist but will be renovated for the Olympic Games.

Overall Development
BOCOG President Liu Qi commented on the partnership with these four cities, “We hope that the foreign media and visitors can better see the overall development of China, when these other cities hold some of the Olympic competitions.”
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 will take place from 8 August 2008 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.
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