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01 Aug 2008
IOC News , Beijing 2008

President, members visit Olympic Village, sign Peace Wall

IOC President Jacques Rogge and members of the IOC Executive Board today visited the Beijing Olympic Village today, and inspected the accommodation and facilities that will be used by 10,500 athletes, officials and coaches during the Olympic Games.
The IOC’s ‘Giving is Winning’ campaign, which is a project of the IOC in collaboration with the UNHCR, was also launched and the Olympic Truce Peace Wall was inaugurated.
Beautiful’ apartments
The Village covers 556,000 square metres and consists of 42 apartment buildings and 12 service buildings. “The village is wonderful, simply fantastic,” said President Rogge, “we ate the same lunch as the athletes in the canteen, and it was great quality – the highest quality. Same for the apartments, and the beautiful grounds and gardens, the facilities here on every level are simply fantastic.”
IOC Vice-President Gunilla Lindberg agreed “this is probably the best Olympic village there’s been so far, there’s been a lot of time devoted to it so the landscaping is very mature, everything is just very well-finished.”
Both athletes and officials united in praising the village: “The food here is great - there’s a great variety and it’s beautifully made and presented,” said Carol Rodriguez, a 400m sprinter from Puerto Rico, “there’s Chinese, Asian, pizza, salads, great desserts – whatever you want.” Great Britain’s Deputy Chef de Mission, Sir Clive Woodward added: “This is a great village, the place is really well built and the apartments are really well equipped – I can’t really see how it could be better.”
State-of-the-art facilities
Members of the IOC, including Gerhard Heiberg, Princess Haya Bint al Hussein, Richard Carrion, Juan Antonio Samaranch and Mario Vasquez Rana, were shown the Village’s Polyclinic, which provides the very latest medical support technology to the individual teams housed in the village.
Banks, shops, a library, entertainment complex as well as swimming pools, running tracks and exercise facilities are among the services that athletes will be able to use throughout the Games period at the village.
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