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17 August 2005, 04:32 pm
IOC Coordination Commission Working Group Visits Beijing
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Beijing, China

A working group from the IOC Coordination Commission for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, led by Chairman Hein VERBRUGGEN, has completed a visit to Beijing, China, to check on the progress of Games preparations. In November the full IOC Coordination Commission will visit Beijing and also Qingdao, the venue for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition.
The Beijing visit was preceded by a trip to Hong Kong, the first made by Chairman VERBRUGGEN and his team since the IOC agreed to a proposal from the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to host the equestrian competitions in Hong Kong.

Moving on to Beijing for a packed day of meetings, the IOC Coordination Commission working group considered progress made by BOCOG on a full range of Olympic Games preparations issues, from venue construction to ceremonies, from city operations to the environment.

'With less than three years to go, we are already looking beyond physical infrastructure and operational aspects to the ways people here and around the world will be touched by the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games', added VERBRUGGEN. 'The work we are doing now should ensure these will be remembered as great Games, leaving a positive sporting, economic and social legacy.'

Liu JINGMIN, BOCOG Executive Vice-President, said, 'We have been delighted to welcome the IOC back to Beijing for fruitful meetings. We have been particularly happy to finalize the location plan, which has been created to ensure effective venue use following the Olympic Games. The IOC has helped us to learn from past Olympic Games host cities. We are using a combination of existing, new and temporary facilities, with some of them located on university campuses to ensure long term demand. We are also making good progress on the social dimension of the Olympic Games; the coming months will see exciting announcements, including the design of the mascots.'

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