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'Good Luck Beijing' sport events highly evaluated
Updated: 2007-08-22 15:42


BEIJING, August -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has given a positive evaluation of the on-going "Good Luck Beijing" test events.

At a meeting held by IOC and Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli gave a briefing on the inspection results and put forth IOC suggestions related to the sports events.

The IOC, international sports federations (IFs) and Chiefs de Mission of various countries and regions gave a positive evaluation of the successful operations of the events. According to their views, the excellent work in the venue construction, transport organization, security, and services for athletes, the media, and volunteer services has laid a solid foundation for the success of the 2008 Olympic Games.

BOCOG President Liu Qi told the meeting attendees that the 2007 "Good luck Beijing" sports events are in full swing. With the efforts of all parties and the guidance of IOC, the events are going on smoothly. The events this year mainly aim to test the functions of hardware facilities, technical systems, venue teams' working schemes, command system and urban operations.

BOCOG President Liu Qi speaks at the meeting.

Giving preliminary assessment of the sports events, Liu said the competition facilities and technical systems have been in smooth, reliable operation, and the test on urban environment and transport shows that they are on the right track, thanks to the support from the government and the general public. "With the transport in excellent order and the weather of the last four days rated 'good', we gain more confidence about the Games-time environment and transport conditions."

Liu pointed out that the follow-up plan for preparations will involve a build-up of teamwork, enabling the volunteers to gain the relevant know-how, which, together with their smiles, will secure a more solid foundation for the success of the 2008 Games. To improve service and reception plans, organizers will stick to international practices and formulated standards, while respecting individual characters and emphasized detail-oriented service. In addition, organizers will enhance international cooperation and invite experienced specialists to further internationalize the preparatory work.

Hein Verbrugen, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, chaired the meeting. Present at the meeting were Beijing Mayor and BOCOG Executive President Wang Qishan, BOCOG executive vice-presidents Wang Wei, Jiang Xiaoyu and Li Binghua, and representatives of the IOC, IFs, and other organizations.

Hein Verbrugen, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, chairs the meeting.

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