Beijing Olympic planners make marathon effort
By Lei Lei (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-08-08 05:56 Great progress has been made in organizing the competitions. The schedule,
organized by day and by session, has already been approved by the IOC. The
competition managers for all 28 sports have been appointed and these
appointments have been confirmed by individual international federations and the
International Olympic Committee. Training for domestic technical officials has
Aquatics Centre, also known as the "Water Cube," is under construction.
Now that detailed competition
schedules are being drawn up, the preparation is entering a key stage.
"The preparation before was just general work as we were at the planning
stage. But from this year, we'll have to work on athletes and competitions,"
said Liu. "As for the venues, we have to deal with many new concepts, such as
security and media services. This is a new field for us so this year is a
turning point for the preparation."
One of the keys to staging a successful Olympic Games is widely believed to
be hosting remarkable opening and closing ceremonies. Deciding the final plan
for the ceremonies is one of the most important tasks of this year.
As the leading official of the organizing committee, Liu predicted it will be
an "unexpected opening ceremony with remarkable highlights."
"The opening ceremony of the Beijing Games will be shown to an audience of
1.3 billion in China, as well as 4 billion foreign TV viewers. Ensuring it will
satisfy all of them is a big task," said Liu. "It should not be a cultural
clich, but at the same time, it must be a lively reflection of Chinese culture.
"So, we have to create something that has never been heard or seen by people
To stage such remarkable opening and closing ceremonies, the BOCOG has
appointed internationally acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou as chief
director of the creative teams.