BEIJING 2008: Penultimate Coordination Commission Visit
With the Beijing Games now only 10 months away, the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will visit the Chinese capital for the ninth time next week. Under the leadership of Commission Chairman Hein Verbruggen, the members of the Commission will meet with their Beijing Organising Committee (BOCOG) counterparts to fully understand the state of BOCOG’s progress as the Games approach and also to review the lessons learned, so far, from the Good Luck Beijing Sports Events that have already taken place.
Equestrian Events in 2008
Ahead of their visit to Beijing, some members of the Commission will pay a visit to Hong Kong in order to get a first-hand view of the venues that will be used during the Beijing 2008 equestrian events. These venues were already tried and tested during last August’s Good Luck Beijing HKSAR 10th Anniversary Celebration Invitation Cup Eventing Competition, and were highly praised by competitors for their quality.
Sport & Environment
Following on directly from the Coordination Commission meetings, the IOC and BOCOG, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), will hold the 7th World Conference on Sport and the Environment in Beijing. This forum will enable an exchange of knowledge between the sporting world, NGOs and environmental specialists about the different ways that sport is looking after the environment that it affects and that it is affected by. Under the motto “From Plan to Action”, the focus of the conference will lie in translating opportunities into practical action to ensure a sustainable future.
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.