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Beijing lays down solid foundations for promising 2008 olympic games

      The quality of the Games preparation undertaken to date by organisers and government officials together with the understanding of the challenges and opportunities awaiting Beijing and China in the next six years were praised today by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission following two days of productive meetings in the Chinese Capital.

      The full Coordination Commission, chaired by Hein Verbruggen and composed of sixteen members representing the IOC, the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Federations (IFs), the athletes and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) was visiting Beijing for the first time since the city was awarded the Olympic Games in July 2001. Two working group meetings took place earlier in the year in April and August as fact-finding exercises which formed the basis of this week's visit.

      The IOC and BOCOG held constructive discussions on the themes of Venue Construction, Marketing, Sports, Environment, Olympic Village and Athletes’ Services, Media and Communications, Accommodation, and Technology. In addition, a tour of Beijing was organised to allow the IOC delegation to visit the city light railway, the fourth and fifth ring roads and the Olympic Green (an area of over 1.100 ha where major venues together with media, commercial and cultural facilities will be located).

      "The first visit of our Commission in Beijing has been extremely fruitful", commented Verbruggen. "We have been impressed by the quality of the work and the knowledge and expertise that the organisers have developed particularly through their close cooperation with former and present Organising Committees. Solid foundations have been laid down during this first year and the organisers have now clearly identified the tasks to be accomplished in the next twelve months and beyond. The Commission has established a close and strong relationship with BOCOG and looks forward to continuing to work closely together in the future", he added.

      “The discussions that the IOC and BOCOG had this week were held in a very friendly manner and were extremely positive and constructive,” said Jiang Xiaoyu, Vice-President of BOCOG, during the press conference at the end of the meetings. “BOCOG was given the opportunity to present the work undertaken over the last year and received positive comments from the IOC. Mutual understanding of the tasks to be accomplished in the future was reached and the foundations have been laid down for a long-term cooperation between BOCOG and the Commission”.

      BOCOG explained that all the tasks that had been scheduled for 2002 were progressing well. The IOC also noted that the government has invested into the construction of the N°5 subway where work has already begun, and into the protection and restoration of historical and cultural sites. The focus in the next months will be put on the completion of the Beijing Olympic Action Plan outlining the urban infrastructures, services and logistic support for the Games, the opening of the international bid process for design and construction of the major Olympic venues, the launch of the marketing programme, and the unveiling of the emblem for the Games.


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