Beijing 2008: on track with bid assurances materialising
The IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 today concluded its seventh visit to Beijing since the Chinese capital was awarded the Olympic Games in 2001. The meetings between the IOC Commission and the Organising Committee (BOCOG) indicated that the assurances made during the bidding phase are taking shape, and that organisers are beginning to integrate their operations in order to deliver the service levels needed to make the Games experience a success for all stakeholder groups – from athletes to spectators to media.
Commenting on the week’s works, Commission Chairman Hein Verbruggen said, “It is reassuring to see that each time that we return to Beijing, the 2008 project continues to advance at the right pace. We are now just under two years away from the Olympic Games in Beijing, and it is important that this rhythm continues so that on 8 August 2008 Beijing is ready to welcome the world. Particularly significant from our work this week is to see that assurances made during the bidding phase are becoming a reality. This is no small achievement given that the economic landscape of this city and country is changing so remarkably, resulting in a challenging backdrop against which the journey to Games time is progressing.”
The meetings, which took place over three days, included venue tours that allowed the Commission members to get a first-hand look at the development of the university venues, where sports such as judo, wrestling, taekwondo, badminton, table tennis and rhythmic gymnastics will take place, as well as the rowing and triathlon venues. The Commission was joined by IOC President Jacques Rogge, who was able to see Beijing’s progress for himself when he visited the Olympic Green site. Rogge also met with Prime Minister Wen Jiabao for a productive discussion on a wide range of Games-related matters.
Continuing his appraisal, Verbruggen said, “The next phase is critical for BOCOG. Their Games are now truly becoming something on the radar of the global community, a fact that brings challenges and opportunities. The test will be how these are met. The cultural interchange which we have no doubt will take place during the Olympic and Paralympic Games can begin in the coming months as the organisers respond to heightened interest in their event, and as they recruit service providers, contractors, staff and volunteers internationally.“
Beijing 2008The 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.