Beijing 2008: IOC Project Review visits Beijing and Hong Kong
An IOC delegation, led by Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Hein Verbruggen, has successfully completed a five-day executive project review both in Beijing and the venue for the 2008 Olympic equestrian events – Hong Kong. The group, comprising members of the IOC administration and IOC experts in areas related to the organisation of the Games, received updates on the progress of work since the last full Coordination Commission visit last May. The next visit of the full Commission will take place in October this year.
The visit to Beijing began with Mr Verbruggen addressing the participants in the 1st World Broadcasters’ Meeting, a gathering of the Olympic Games rights-holding broadcasters, who met on-site to discuss and prepare for their Games-time operations. This was followed by meetings with members of the administration of the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) to discuss many topics surrounding Games organisation, notably technology, marketing, transport, workforce, media operations and operations for the Olympic Village, where the athletes will stay during the Games.
The second half of the project review team’s trip was spent in Hong Kong, as they inspected the progress being made in this co-host city since the decision was taken, last year in Singapore, to move the equestrian events from Beijing. The IOC group met with a representative of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), members of BOCOG, the Hong Kong Equestrian Committee and representatives of the Hong Kong Government. The meetings covered Olympic operations in Hong Kong at Games time, such as accommodation, marketing, transport and media operations, to name but a few.
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.