Pollution is a real concern now for the Beijing
Olympic organizers but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) believed it
would turn for the better when the Games comes, said IOC member Hein Verbruggen
in Beijing on Wednesday.
Verbruggen, who is chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Beijing
Games, said rapid economic growth brought additional challenge to Beijing's
environment, which could not be foreseen seven years ago when Beijing was
awarded the right to host the Games.
"I must say the Chinese totally lived up to the 130 commitments they made.
They have achieved a lot improving the environment," Verbruggen told reporters
at a news conference of the annual Sport Accord convention.
"But nobody could have foreseen seven years ago economic growth of double
digit figures. Nobody could have seen the economic boost would have led to some
four, five or six thousand construction sites," he said.
But Verbruggen said the Chinese capital were trying to solve the problem
before the Games that would open on Aug. 8 next year.
He said the Chinese government is taking measures like dust control and
closing down some factories which will undoubtedly benefit their cause.
"We are very confident the air quality at test events and at the time of the
Games will be up to the levels that allow the athletes to have the best
performance," he concluded.