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7 August 2007, 01:40 pm
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The Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre

The Final Countdown To Beijing
Qingdao, China

The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are now just over one year away and with volunteer recruitment underway and tickets on sale around the world the final countdown in well underway. For the sailing world the next big step is the second Olympic Test Event, the Good Luck Beijing Qingdao International Regatta, taking place from 9-24 August.

'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.'

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 finalized, 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. In Qingdao, the sailing world had a first look at the superb facilities of the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre at last year's Test Event.

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.

About Beijing 2008

The Olympic Sailing Competition will take place in Qingdao from the 9-21 August, with the Medal Races taking place from 16-21 August. 22-23 August are scheduled as reserve days. Gold medals will be decided in eleven Olympic sailing events, featuring a total of 400 sailors.

Find out more at the ISAF Beijing 2008 Olympic Games microsite - www.sailing.org/olympics2008.

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