Beijing to unveil Olympic mascot November 11
By Yu Yilei (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-11-04 05:51
In Athens, it was mythical ancient gods. In Sydney, it was the wildlife of
Anticipation is mounting over the nature of the 2008 Beijing
The identity will be revealed soon, as organizers are planning to unveil the
long-anticipated mascot on November 11.
The unveiling date also marks the 1,000-day countdown to the opening ceremony
of the Games, which will start at 8:00 pm on August 8, 2008.
Similar to when the slogan of the 2008 Games "One World, One dream" was
unveiled, a gala show will be put on at the Workers' Indoor Arena.
An audience of at least 4,000 people, including International Olympic
Committee officials, will witness the show.
The organizers refused to disclose any clues about the mascot, but stressed
that it will contain many Chinese cultural elements.
"I believe the mascot will satisfy people's anticipation because it is a
product of the wisdom of the masses," said Jiang Xiaoyu, executive
vice-president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of XXIX
Olympiad, during a news conference
Jiang said the committee received 662 eligible mascot designs during the
four-month solicitation period from August 5, 2004 to December 1.
On November 12, a series of cultural and sports events will be held across
the capital to mark the 1,000-day countdown.
(China Daily 11/04/2005 page2)