BEIJING 2008: Reporting on the Games
During this week’s final meeting of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Commission members once again took time during a working group on media to look at the services that the media can expect to receive at the Beijing Games,. Led by Kevan Gosper, Vice-Chairman of the Coordination Commission and Chairman of the IOC’s Press Commission, the IOC heard reports from the Beijing Organising Committee (BOCOG) on a number of points that will affect the ability of the media to report on the Beijing Games, ranging from catering arrangements to construction progress at the Main Press Centre (MPC).
Improved Media Services
During the meetings, BOCOG reported on how it is working to improve the services that it offers to the media. Its endeavours range from working to ensure that the new media regulations for foreign journalists were fully implemented to improving the “one-stop” shop service for the media at the Beijing Olympic Media Centre. Already in 2007, BOCOG held 100 press conferences, which were attended by 9,628 journalists. The first two months of 2008 saw nearly 10,000 media calls and about 7,500 emails to the media centre, a reflection of the enormous global interest in the upcoming Games.
Games Time in Beijing
BOCOG is working to provide high-level services to the media during the Games in Beijing. The members of the Commission, who have been following this area of preparations since the Games were awarded to Beijing in 2001, have been guiding BOCOG to ensure that when the media come to Beijing this July and August, their experience and ability to work is as positive as possible. In the meetings this week, the Commission looked at the media accreditation process right through to journalists’ ability to access the internet at Games time. The Commission members were confident that BOCOG will live up to its promises concerning the media services at Games-time.
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.