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04 Sep 2003
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave a resounding vote of confidence

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave a resounding vote of confidence to the state of preparations for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008.

Three main objectifs for 2003 attained

Speaking at the closing press conference after three days of meetings with the Beijing 2008 Organising Committee (BOCOG), the Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission Hein Verbruggen said that hat BOCOG had attained the three main objectives for 2003 by securing the start of construction by the end of the year, signing the agreement to establish the Beijing Olympic Broadcasting Co. Ltd (BOB) and inaugurating the emblem and marketing programme.

Ahead of schedule

Verbruggen added: "For this stage of the Olympic Games planning cycle, the state of preparations is easily at the level it should be, and in many cases ahead of schedule. What is particularly worth noting is the wonderful work ethic of the organisers and their effective collaboration with the IOC Coordination Commission and our technical experts. This not only results in excellent working relationships, but clearly paves the way towards what we believe will be excellent Olympic Games."

Greatly benefited

"We have greatly benefited from the advice and suggestions that the IOC Coordination Commission members and technical experts have offered", remarked Liu Jingmin, BOCOG's Executive Vice-President. "Our joint efforts ensured that the meetings have deepened our understandings, enlarged our consensus and achieved fruitful results. And I believe that we will make even greater progress in our preparations for the Olympic Games through our closer and franker cooperation."

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 Coordination Commission for Beijing 2008
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