Beijing draws in top expertise of hi-tech applications in the Olympic Games as it invited organizers of the previous games to address a one-day international forum in the city.
On the 2004 Beijing International Forum on Science, Technology and the Olympic Games held on Nov. 5, 2004, senior officials from the organizing committees of Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens Olympic Games shared their experience in various aspects of technological application with some 350 attendants. The attendants include Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Xu Guanhua, BOCOG Vice President Wang Wei, President of the Scientific and Technological Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games Lin Wenyi, Vice Mayor of Beijing Fan Boyuan and IOC officials.
The forum was jointly sponsored by the Beijing Organising Committee for the XXIX Olympic Games (BOCOG), the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, the municipal government of Beijing and other relevant organizations. If focused on three areas of the Olympic Games, including technological options, organizational management and digital Olympics. The attendants discussed over 20 subjects, including technical standards of construction, information security, wideband communications, telecommunications, weather study, lighting technology, key sport technique, anti-doping tests, new energy and intelligent transport management.
In his speech at the forum, Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Xu Guanhua said over the past three years, the Chinese government has allocated special fund and set up a task force to implement the Olympic Science and Technology Action Plan 2008. As a result, the idea of Hi-tech Olympics has been gradually put into practice.
Lin Wenyi, President of the Scientific and Technological Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games, said in order to apply the most mature and reliable technologies in the Olympic Games, Beijing has focused on a number of research and development projects that meet the actual needs of the games, including transport, clean energy, environmental protection, Olympic venues, information, telecommunications, security and sport science. She said the major R&D projects have already born some fruits.
BOCOG officials also briefed the forum about the technological options and the role of technological advances in the improvement of the environment.