The biggest Olympic ambition for 2007 among the Chinese is
to be selected as a volunteer for the 2008 Beijing Games, according to a survey
published on Thursday.
The survey conducted in December for the Beijing Organising Committee for the
Olympic Games (BOCOG) asked 1,322 people their Olympic hopes for this year with
the results ranked one to 10.
Being chosen as one of the 100,000 volunteers BOCOG will recruit for the 2008
Olympics and Paralympics topped the poll but the entrepreneurial spirit of
modern China was not far behind with the second most popular wish being to run
one of the official souvenir stores.
Getting a ticket for the Games was third, ahead of visiting one of the
landmark venues, followed by a desire to buy a Games souvenir as a gift.
A wish for the improvement of manners among the population and environmental
and traffic concerns -- some of the major challenges facing organisers -- took
up three of the final four slots in the list with Beijing's notorious road
congestion coming in last.