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24 Feb 2004
Olympic News

Beijing 2008: in full accordance with bidding promises

A six-person delegation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headed by Mr Hein Verbruggen, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, inspected the 2008 Olympic venue construction in Beijing on 23 February 2004. At the end of the visit, Verbruggen praised the efforts made by the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in Beijing (BOCOG): "We are honoured to declare that in the past two years, Beijing has been preparing for the 2008 Olympic Games in full accordance with its bidding promise to the IOC."

Visit of National Stadium and Swimming Centre
Verbruggen and his team listened to reports on the construction process of the National Stadium and the National Swimming Centre before conducting a tour of the construction site. The delegation expressed its satisfaction with the current results. "The reports we have listened to are complete and detailed," Verbruggen said.

Valuable legacy to the entire nation
Verbruggen also added that he visited Beijing as the Chairman of IOC Evaluation Commission when Beijing was bidding for the 2008 Olympic Games. He admitted that at that time he did not expect Beijing would have such outstanding Olympic venue designs, nor had he expected Beijing to give full consideration to post-Games venue operation and management. Everything was beyond his expectations. He believed that Beijing's Olympic venues would be a rich and valuable legacy to its citizens and the entire nation.

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