BEIJING 2008: IOC President Meets Chinese Prime Minister
As he continued his visit to the next host city of the Olympic Games – Beijing – IOC President Jacques Rogge today met with the Chinese Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao. During the meeting, which was also attended by Hein Verbruggen, Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Beijing Games; Kevan Gosper, Vice-Chairman of the Commission; Zaiqing Yu, IOC Executive Board Member; and Zhenliang He, an IOC Member in China; as well as Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s Olympic Games Executive Director; the President discussed with Prime Minister Wen a wide range of topics relating to the preparation of the Games in Beijing and the development of sport in China.
Doctor Honoris Causa
Earlier in his trip to Beijing this week, President Rogge was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa by the Beijing Sport University at a ceremony held in his honour on the University’s grounds. The Beijing Sport University currently has around 5,000 students and was founded in 1953. Since that time, it has produced about 20,000 graduates including sports world record holders and Olympic medallists. The ceremony was attended by around 2,000 people.
Beijing 2008The 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, comprising 302 events in total. Approximately 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in the Games, with around 20,000 accredited media bringing the Games to the world.