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28 May 2004
Olympic News

Beijing 2008: Groundbreaking at Qingdao Sailing Marina

The Qingdao International Sailing Marina for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games saw a groundbreaking in the coastal city of Qingdao today. Qingdao is the co-host city of the Olympic Sailing Regatta for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

45 hectares
Located on what used to be the Beihai Shipyard, the Qingdao International Sailing Marina is to cover a total area of 45 hectares. It will include the Olympic Village, the administrative management centre, the athletes’ centre and the press centre. The venue construction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2006.

National aquatic sports training centre
When completed, the international sailing centre will not only host the sailing events in 2008, but will also become a national aquatic sports training centre for both athletes and sports enthusiasts.

Important delegation to attend ground breaking ceremony
Hein Verbruggen, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad; Kevan Gosper, Vice-Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission and Chairman of the IOC Press Commission; and other IOC members came to Qingdao to witness the groundbreaking ceremony. Liu Jingmin, BOCOG Executive Vice-President and Deputy Mayor of Beijing, congratulated Qingdao on the groundbreaking of the facility, saying the move marked the beginning of a new stage in the city's Olympic preparations.

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