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12. 8. 2008


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This August will see 12 sports competitions take place in the venues that are set to host the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. These events, which will be held under the auspices of the “Good Luck Beijing” Sport Events, range from World Junior Rowing and Wrestling Championships to a UCI BMX Supercross World Cup event to International Invitational competitions in a number of other Olympic sports. Not only of interest to sports fans, the “Good Luck Beijing” Sports Events are an ideal opportunity to test the operations for the 2008 Olympic Games, which are now only a year away.
A Summer of Sport
The 12 events taking place this August fit into a much wider programme of 26 sports events in 2007, with 16 more in 2008. An international women’s football tournament has already been held with great success, and August will see Beijing play host to the events mentioned above, as well as events in hockey, beach volleyball, canoe/kayak slalom, road cycling, baseball, archery and canoe/kayak flatwater. The programme of events will also extend to the co-host cities of Hong Kong, which will host an equestrian event, and Qingdao, where there will be an international regatta.
Getting it Right on the Day
As well as the sporting competition, these events will also play a crucial role in the success of next year’s Olympic Games. During these 42 events, the plans that have been worked on for the past six years by the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) and the local Chinese authorities will be put to the test. This will give BOCOG and its partners the opportunity to spot any potential problems that may occur and to start to find solutions before the Games begin in August 2008. An example of the type of testing that will take place is in the area of technology, where scoring systems will be tried out to ensure that they perform as expected during a competition or even to the level of air quality, where the Beijing authorities will test a million-car reduction on the streets of the Chinese capital to see how this affects the air quality for the athletes.
Key to Success
Speaking about the importance of testing, IOC President Jacques Rogge said, “These events are important as they allow the organisers and all entities involved in Games operations to have a kind of 'dry run' – that is do a dress rehearsal and in so doing, identify and assess potential issues and then work towards any fine-tuning that might be needed. We have learnt through our Olympic experience that test events are key to the success of the Games.”
Beijing 2008
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 will take place from 8 to 24 August 2008. The Games in Beijing will play host to the 28 summer sports currently on the Olympic programme. Approximately 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in the Games with around 20,000 accredited media bringing the Games to the world.

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Almost all venues are completed. Volunteer recruitment is underway. Tickets are on sale around the world. The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are now just over one year away.

Excitement Mounts
“The excitement is mounting” says IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Hein Verbruggen. “But there is still a lot of work to do of course! I am happy to say that, today, with only one year remaining, we are in a very positive position and are confident in BOCOG’s ability to deliver top-quality Olympic Games.” He continued, “We are seeing the physical element of the Games becoming a reality with magnificent new stadiums being completed and put to use, and thanks to the “Good Luck Beijing” sports events, BOCOG is currently working to fine tune its operations ahead of next year’s Games.”


Competition Venues Ready and Operational
Construction of all the competition venues for the Games will be completed by the end of this year, except for the National Stadium, which will be completed early in 2008. As they are finalised, these new, renovated or temporary installations are being put into operation and tested in the context of the “Good Luck Beijing” sports events, where competitions in different sports are used to test not only the venues but also certain operational aspects of the Games’ preparations.

Tremendous Success
Beyond the stadiums and physical testing of the Games venues and operational plans, Beijing 2008 is also experiencing tremendous success in the public domain. Ticket sales, the first phase of which started on 15 April 2007, have seen tremendous interest in both China and overseas, with more than 700,000 ticket applications having been placed for 4.9 million tickets when phase one closed on 30 June. The second phase will begin in October 2007. Also in the field of volunteer recruitment for the Games, Beijing 2008 is seeing massive interest, with over 530,000 people having applied to become Games time volunteers.

Beijing 2008
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 will take place from 8 to 24 August 2008. The Games in Beijing will play host to the 28 summer sports currently on the Olympic programme. Approximately 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in the Games with around 20,000 accredited media bringing the Games to the world.

Podcast :
Listen to IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Hein Verbruggen taking about the Beijing Games with just over one year to go.
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391 is the number of days left until the start of 16 days of sport, emotion and dreams in Beijing during the next Olympic Games. The countdown started exactly six years ago, on 13 July 2001 in Moscow, when the Chinese capital was chosen to host the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. This was the culmination of a candidature and the story of a dream come true. For the first time, the Middle Kingdom would be hosting the Games, the fifth edition (winter and summer combined) to be held in Asia.
There could be only one
Ten is the number of cities accepted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in early 2000 as applicant cities to host the Olympic Games in 2008. Of these, Beijing was applying for the second time. The first time, the Chinese city lost by two votes to Sydney in the final round of the election to choose the host city for the Games in 2000.
Five is the number of candidate cities selected by the IOC Executive Board on 28 August 2000. Beijing, Istanbul, Osaka, Paris and Toronto were in the starting blocks.
Only one could win: Beijing! The 112th IOC Session in Moscow chose the imperial city to hold the 2008 Games. The IOC members made their choice in just two rounds of voting. On 13 July 2001, the Games moved from Europe to Asia, and the people of Beijing jumped for joy. A few days later, another handover occurred: the seventh IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, presented the keys of the institution to the current President, Jacques Rogge.
The Games in Asia
Five is the number of editions of the Games that the Asian continent will have hosted since the Olympic Games were restored in 1896. Tokyo 1964: for the first time, the Olympic athletes’ achievements were broadcast in colour on television. Sapporo 1972: the bobsleighs hurtled down the first track built for them in Asia. Seoul 1988: the official song, entitled Hand in Hand, was an international hit. Nagano 1998: the official uniforms for the Organising Committee staff were made of fully recyclable fibres and materials.
Asia, the world’s most highly populated continent, is an integral part of the Olympic spirit. Beijing will be no exception.
Chinese dream
"One world, one dream" is the slogan for the Beijing Games, chosen from over 210,000 entries sent in from all over the world. It expresses the common desire of the whole world to respond to the call of the Olympic spirit and seek to build a better future for humanity. The Games emblem, in the form of a Chinese seal which shows a dancing figure, invites the peoples of the world to share in the celebration: approximately 10,500 athletes, 28 sports, 302 events and innovative architectural creations, such as  the “Bird’s Nest" (the National Olympic Stadium) or the “Water Cube” (the National Aquatics Centre).

At 8.08 on 8 August 2008, Beijing will become the heart of the Olympic world!

 Learn more about the election of Beijing 2008
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The Netherlands, Serbia, Belgium and Italy have scooped their Olympic tickets for the men’s football tournament of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 in Beijing, after their performances at the Under 21s European Championships, which have just ended in the Netherlands.
Feat by the young Dutch team
By holding on to the title won last year in Portugal, the Dutch team also became the first host country to win the continental competition. At the final in Groningen, the young Dutch players beat Serbia, with a score of 4-1. Belgium and Italy will also be heading off on an Olympic journey. 
China, Brazil and Argentina already qualified
These four newly qualified teams join China, the Games host country and therefore qualified by default, Brazil and Argentina, which came first and second respectively in the Under 21s South American Championships last January in Paraguay.
The three other teams qualified for the Asian continent from the 12 teams still in the running will be announced during the final round of the qualifiers, which will be held from 22 August to 21 November 2007. As for the six teams which will represent Africa (3), Oceania (1) and North and Central America (2), we will have to wait until April 2008 to find out their names.
The men’s Olympic football tournament will begin on 7 August, and the final will be held on 23 August in Beijing. The 32 matches of this tournament will be staged in six locations: the National Stadium in Beijing, the Workers’ Stadium in Beijing, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenyang and Tianjin.
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The Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) kicked off the torchbearer selection programme for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay (OTR) this weekend. The programme, which will see the selection of 21,880 torchbearers and 5,000 escort runners, will run until 31 October 2007 and will permit a number of different groups to put in place processes that will allow them to select torchbearers and escort runners for this global prelude to the 2008 Games.
The selection process for torchbearers will be carried out by a number of different organisations ranging from the cities that will host the OTR to the presenting partners of the OTR (Coca-Cola, Samsung and Lenovo). Each selection entity will be able to choose from two different methods of selection, either through an internal nominations process or through a public process, where people can nominate worthy torchbearers, who fulfil the criteria to carry the Olympic Flame on part of its journey from Olympia to Beijing.
Escort Runners
The escort runners for the Beijing 2008 OTR will number 5,000 and will be able to run alongside the torchbearer and assist him/her in transporting the Olympic Flame to Beijing for the Opening Ceremony, playing an integral role in the celebration that is the OTR. Escort runners will be able to take part only in the section of the route that covers mainland China, with nominees being selected by local communities and the Beijing 2008 OTR presenting partners. The escort runners must fulfil the same criteria as the torchbearers, as well as some additional criteria because the escort runners’ role may require them to run for longer than each individual torchbearer.
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay
The relay is expected to last 130 days and covers a distance of 137,000 kilometres, passing through the five continents and visiting some of the principal points of the ancient Silk Road. With its theme, “Journey of Harmony”, and its slogan “Light the Passion, Share the Dream”, the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay will be an opportunity for BOCOG to share its Olympic message with the world.
Beijing 2008
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 will take place from 8 to 24 August 2008. The Games in Beijing will play host to the 28 summer sports currently on the Olympic programme. Approximately 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in the Games, with around 20,000 accredited media bringing the Games to the world.
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The Organising Committee for the Beijing 2008 Games has today launched its brand new official web site. The new site is based on a solid foundation of quick Games-time turnaround, making use of mature, mainstream technology, an elegant colour scheme and tasteful design, and clear and simply organisation for ease of use.
From news reporting to interaction
Since its creation in 2001, the official web site of the Beijing 2008 Games has undergone numerous facelifts: from solely reporting news to becoming a comprehensive platform for news about Games preparations, society and sports events as well as interactive action with web users. The number of official web site visitors surpassed 1.3 million on the day the official mascots were released. 
A reflection of the Games’ image
From a design angle, the new official web site adheres to the Beijing 2008 image and look - using green-blue and Chinese-scholar-tree green as its main colours. The overall design has a perfectly balanced, aesthetically pleasing look, representing a green and humanistic Olympic Games, and possesses lasting representative Chinese characteristics and essence. In terms of content design, the new official site places more emphasis on the visitor’s experience. The organisation of the site is simple, with a more intuitive layout.  

In three languages
At present, the new site is available in three languages — Chinese, English and French. The specific requirements for language groups were fully considered in designing every part of the web site, from column placement to subject schemes.

Discover the new Beijing 2008 website on www.beijing2008.com

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