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29 Aug 2004
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Olympic flag goes to Beijing

At today’s Closing Ceremony, the mayor of Athens will officially hand over the Olympic flag to the president of the IOC who will hand it over to the mayor of Beijing, the host city of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008. It will be the first time in the history of the Games that China is the host country.

Eight minutes in Athens
The Organising Committee for the Beijing Games (BOCOG) is now working on preparing the show that will be presented at the Closing Ceremony of the Athens Games. To keep the element of surprise, no information has been given on the eight-minute show which Beijing will present. Some fresh news from Beijing:

The emblem
Called “Beijing dancing”, this emblem links the tradition of the seal of China, the art of calligraphy and the theme of sport, represented by a human silhouette celebrating victory. This motif symbolises: Chinese culture, the colour red of China, Beijing hosting its friends from throughout the world, and the promotion of the Olympic Motto, “Faster, higher, stronger.

The mascot out for tender
The tender for the mascot is now open. The main criteria are as follows: an original and traditional reflection of China and a symbol that is attractive and brings people together, on a social and demographic level, especially children. Entries are accepted by the jury until 1 December 2004. The mascot will be presented to the public on 1 June 2005.

Olympic bird’s nest
During the 2008 Olympics, the National Stadium will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The National Stadium accommodates a maximum of 100,000 spectators. The design of the National Stadium is one of an international architectural scheme competition, which is jointly designed by Herzog and de Meuron Architekten AG, Switzerland, and China Design and Architecture Institute. The National Stadium, with a bowl-shaped stadium stand coloured red, looks perfect with its nest-like structure waved by branches, of which grey mining steel nest covered by transparent membrane material. The “Bird’s Nest” scheme shows fresh, unique, large-scale abnormity steel construction architecture in the world.

28 May 2004: work starts
Work has started at the Qingdao international sailing centre, one of the inshore towns that will host the Olympic sailing events during the Games. The Olympic Village will be built in this centre, whose surface is 45 hectares.

Learn more on Athens 2004

Official website of Athens 2004

Official website of beijing 2008
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