Torch to reach Mt. Qomolangma
Updated: 2007-01-03 10:35
Beijing will make a rehearsal this year for next year's Olympic torch relay
at the world's highest peak of Mount Qomolangma, an official of the Beijing
Organizing Committing for the 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG) said in Beijing on
Liu Jingmin, deputy mayor of
Beijing and vice president of the BOCOG, said a specially-designed torch to be
carried over the world's highest peak of Qomolangma will be tested on the
Liu Jingmin (L), deputy mayor of
Beijing and vice president of the BOCOG, explains the national stadium or
the bird's nest to guests in Hong Kong in this December 9, 2006 photo.
Liu said people to test the torch have been training and a
proper date will be decided sometime this year.
"The torch will be
designed specifically in order to burn at such a high altitude. And the design
is in its final stage," he said.
"This rehearsal will be very important
for a successful torch relay for the Beijing Olympic Games on the world's
highest peak in 2008," Liu said.
He said the torch relay on Mount
Qomolangma ahead of the 2008 Olympics will be performed during a safe period
considering the weather conditions, and the proceedings will be televised live
on TV in the entire world.
Beijing has promised in its bidding reports
that the holy fire of the Olympics will reach the world's highest peak. It will
be the first time for the Olympic torch relay to be held on the 8844.43-meter
BOCOG has revealed that the torch is expected to reach Qomolangma
from the southern slope before the mountaineers carry it down along the northern
According to measurements made by scientists in 2005, the
altitude of Mount Qomolangma, is 8844.43 meters, 3.70 meters lower than the
figure obtained in 1975.
He said Olympic venues and training sites should
be finished by the end of the year.
International Olympic Committee
officials have praised Beijing for being far ahead of schedule.
26 test events would be held in 2007, but did not offer specific dates. Initial
plans call for most of them to be held in the second half of the year.
The plans are also expected to include rehearsals of the opening and
closing ceremonies, Liu said. He said recruitment of volunteers would be
completed by the end of 2007, and administrative procedures to manage the games
would also be finalized this year.