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  Olympic cultural festival in Beijing
The Kinetika Bloco band from the U.K performs on a section of the Great Wall of China, north of Beijing, July 15, 2007. About 2000 performers from 15 international marching bands performed as part of the Olympic Cultural Festival, which was organised to promote the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. [Reuters]
  Sochi awarded 2014 Olympics
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge announces that the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia, at the 119th International Olympic Committee session in Guatemala City July 4, 2007. [Reuters]
  Olympics-Beijing table tennis venue catches fire
A general view of Peking University gymnasium, which is under construction to host the table tennis tournament at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in Beijing July 2, 2007. The gymnasium caught fire on Monday morning, state media reported. No information was yet available on casualties or the cause of the blaze, the report added. [Reuters]
  Rainstorm hits Olympic construction site
Workers take shelter in pipes at the construction site of National Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, as a rainstorm hits Beijing June 27, 2007.[Reuters]
  Jade Fuwa make debut
For the first time in its history, China's Palace Museum has brought a special Olympic licensed product, the Fuwa mascots, into its treasure collection.[BOCOG]
  Night view of 'Bird Nest'
A general view shows a construction site inside the National Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, at night in Beijing June 14, 2007. Some four billion people are expected to watch the 2008 Beijing Olympics on television, a billion more than the Athens Games in 2004, state media reported on Wednesday. [Reuters]
  Gearing up for upcoming Olympics
  Walk to promote Olympics
People walk to promote the 2008 Beijing Olympics at Nanjing Road in Shanghai June 10, 2007. About a thousand local residents took part in the 1 km (0.6 miles) event.[Reuters]
  London unveils logo for 2012 Olympics
  Long-way cycling to promote Beijing Olympics
Eight senior citizens from Hami, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region arrived at Urumchi by bike after 7 days cycling journey on May 29. They plan to finish a more than 2,000-kilometer long cycling trip around Xinjiang within 40 days to promote 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.[cnsphoto]
  Schwarzenegger:Hugs Special Olympics athletes
California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) hugs Team Canada Special Olympics gymnast Emily Boycott (R) while wearing the team's jacket during a uniform unveiling ceremony while on a trade mission stop in Toronto May 29, 2007. [Reuters]
  Commerce Minister Bo promto Vancouver Olympics
China's Commerce Minister Bo Xilai (R) reacts while being presented with a 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games jacket by Canada's International Trade Minister David Emerson before the start of a meeting in Ottawa May 28, 2007.
  A glance at Olympic stadiums
The National Stadium, dubbed with 'Bird Nest'has been under construction.
  Olympic torch relay route in Yunnan announced
  S.Korean-born medalist ties a knot
Toby Dawson (2nd R), South Korean-born U.S. bronze medallist in the men's freestyle moguls event at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, and his wife Leah Halmi from the U.S. look at flying chickens during their Korean traditional wedding ceremony at a hotel in Pusan May 24, 2007. Dawson, an adoptee who has found his biological Korean father recently through a DNA sample test, is an honorary ambassador for the 2014 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics bid committee. [Reuters]
  Night view of Shengyang Olympic Sports Centre
A night view of the Shenyang Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, one of the five football venues of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning province May 21, 2007. Picture take May 21, 2007. [Reuters]
  Toy ducks promote funds-raising event for Special Olympics
Small plastic toy ducks are collected on a boat after floating on Dambovita River in central Bucharest May 20, 2007 during an event organized to raise funds for Romania's delegation to the World Summer Special Olympics 2007 in Shanghai.[Reuters]
  Green Olympics, Beijing's big concern
A labourer works inside the National Olympic Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", which is still under construction in Beijing May 17, 2007. China has pulled out all the stops in its attempts to curb pollution and Olympic officials are confident air quality will be good come the 2008 Games. [Reuters]
  Deaf-mute students embrace Olympics with handwork cranes
  Sharapova promote Russia's bit for Winter Olympics
Tennis star Maria Sharapova speaks to promote Russia's bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, in Beverly Hills, California, May 9, 2007. [Reuters]
  10th anniversary of HK's return
  Louvis Vuitton Cup
Crew members of America's Cup challenger China Team sail before their Round Robin 2 Flight 9 match race against Areva Challenge of France at the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia May 7, 2007. [Reuters]
  Souvenir badges for Olympic Torch Relay released
  Olympic flame to burn bright for China
  Candidates for 2014 Winter Games lobby at SportAccord
  SportAccord in Beijing
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (L) and China's Premier Wen Jiabao (R) attend the opening ceremony of SportAccord, an annual convention hosted by the General Association of International Sports Federations, in Beijing April 24, 2007. [Reuters]
  Olympic Airways plane emergency landing
A German policeman in a protection suit walks in front on Olympic Airways plane after an emergency landing at Munich's international airport April 23, 2007. The plane carrying Greek EU officials made an emergency landing at Munich airport after a bomb threat was made, a spokeswoman for the German air traffic control authority said.[Reuters]

  Olympic image hair-style
  IPC members tour Olympic projects in Beijing
  Fuwa kites
  Beijing wins high praise from IOC
Chief International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspector Hein Verbruggen (L), executive vice president of Beijing organising committee (BOCOG) Jiang Xiaoyu (R) and Wang Hui,the deputy director general of the media and communications department of BOCOG talk after a news conference in Beijing April 19, 2007. Beijing organisers still believe a solution is possible to the problem of taking the 2008 Beijing Olympic torch relay to Taiwan, an official said on Thursday. [Reuters]
  Blessing wall for Beijing Olympics
  IOC tours Olympic construction sites
IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Hein Verbruggen (3rd L) visits the construction site of the Olympic Stadium in Beijing April 17, 2007. [Reuters]
  Chicago picked as candidate for 2016 Games
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley looks skyward during a rally in Chicago April 16, 2007, after the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Chicago as the U.S. 2016 Applicant City for summer Olympics on April 14. [Reuters]
  Actor Pu Cunxin registers as Paralympics volunteer
  Struggleing for berth of 2016 Olympics
  Carl Lewis's sport show
Former Olympic athletes Carl Lewis (R) and Mike Marsh sprint during a sport show at the America's Cup Port in Valencia April 11, 2007. [Reuters]
  Phelps on goodwill trip in Beijing
Swimmer Michael Phelps of the US,Olympic gold medalist and world champion, smiles in front of the logo of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at a news conference in Beijing April 9, 2007. Phelps and his teammates are in Beijing on a goodwill trip to promote the sport of swimming, the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai and the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing.
  Paper-clipping hails Games
Handicraftsman Du Juan from Anhui Province poses a photo with his paper-clipping works, titled "Welcome to Beijing" in honor of upcoming Beijing Olympic Games on April 2,2007.[newsphoto]
  Decade of reunification hailed by HK's youth
Sunday marked the start of a series of events held across Hong Kong by its Youth Sector to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Reunification.
  Beijing playing it safe ahead of Games
  IOC members visit Beijing No 161 Middle School
Visiting Doctor Norbert Muller (center), member of International Olympic Committee (IOC puts on a T-shirt with the theme of Olympics made by students of the Beijing No 161 Middle School March 29, 2007. [newsphoto]
  Shunyi Olympic Water Park construction site
  All people move to mark 500-day countdown to Beijing Olympics
  BOCOG releases Olympic knowledge wall maps
  Swimming worlds sideline
Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands talks to a team official during a swimming training session at the World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne March 22, 2007.[Reuters]
  300-meter-long painting for Olympic Games
It took Zhao Zizhong, a folk-custom painter from Shandong's Zibo, 5 years to complete the 300-meter-long painting, which expresses Zhao's blessings to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The photos taken on March 11 show the marvelous painting.[cnsphoto]
  IOC reveals winners of World Women and Sport Trophy
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge and Mrs Portia Simpson Miller.[IOC]
  Beijing Olympic-themed gala stages in Hollywood
Los Angelse mayor Antonio Villaraigosa(L) accompanied by Zhong Jianhua, Chinese consul general to Los Angelse of US, watch the large parade in Hollywood, Los Angelse Mar 3, 2007.Nearly 600 performers from Beijing staged a large parade for nearly two hours in Hollywood to showcase traditional Chinese culture to the American and promote the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.[Xinhua]
  Officer tours Olympic Village site
  Fuwa visit to London
A British girl say hello to Beijing 2008 Olympic Games mascot Beibei. 2008 Olympic Games Fuwas strike a pose in London to promote upcoming Beijing Olympic Games,Mar,1st,2007.[Xinhua]
  Medals for the XII FINA World Swimming Championships
A general view of the gold, silver and bronze medals during the unveiling of the medals for the XII FINA World Swimming Championships at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Center February 26, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia.[BOCOG/Getty Images]
  Putin backs Winter Olympics' bid
  Candidate Pyongchang welcomes IOC's tour
Residents of Pyongchang, one of the candidate cities for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, cheer as members of a delegation of the International Olympic Commitee (IOC) Evaluation Commission arrive in Pyongchang, about 180 km (113 miles) east of Seoul, February 15, 2007. [Reuters]
  West meets East on Valentine's Day
  IOC starts tour of 2014 candidates
  10,000 "Fu" written by HK citizens
  Theater troupes bring festive joys to Olympic workers
  Olympic landscape sculpture exhibited in London
People appreciate the 2008 Beijing Olympic landscape sculpture by China's side in London City Hall February 9, 2007. The exhibition tour carries about 40 pieces of work and London is the first foreign city where the exhibition is staged. [Xinhua]
  Train for skeleton world cup tour
Australia's Michelle Steele trains for the upcoming skeleton world cup tour at the Olympic track in Cesana Pariol, northern Italy, February 7, 2007.[Reuters]
  Beijing 2008 Landscape sculptures tour Macao
A total of 110 sculptures designed for the Beijing Olympic Games wound up their nine-day trip to Macao, attracting many visitors.[BOCOG]
  Chelsea reveal all to China's Olympic team
Chelsea's coach Jose Mourinho (R), China's manager Ratomir Dujkovic (2nd R), China's coach Li Xiaoguang and captain Chen Tao (L) pose for photographers at the end of a news conference at Chelsea's training ground in Cobham, southern England February 1, 2007. Chelsea are hosting the Chinese Olympic football team for a two-week training session at their club's training ground. [Reuters]
  Foreign media tour Beijing Olympic venues
Foreign journalists interview construction officials at the site of the Beijing Olympic venues National Stadium, dubbed with "Bird's Nest" Jan.30,2007.Media guests visited the sites of the National Stadium, the National Aquatics Center and the Olympic Village. Withstanding the cold weather, the journalists showed great interest in the details like venue capacity, date of completion and post-Games utilization.[BOCOG]
  Olympic site relics safe, say officials
A labourer walks at the the construction site for the National Olympic Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", in Beijing January 26, 2007. A 500-year-old temple lies in front of the construction site.
  WADA Media Symposium

President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge addresses the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Media Symposium at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne January 24, 2007. [Reuters]
  Munich Olympic park in Winter
  Blair tours around future 2012 Olympic site
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) tours with London's Olympics Organising Committee Chairman Sebastian Coe around the site where the 2012 Olympics will be held in east London January 23, 2007. [Reuters]
  Stars interested in Olympic songs
Acclaimed Chinese musicians attended the ceremony Sunday night in Beijing launching the fourth campaign for music for the 2008 Olympics.
  World Sprint Speed Skating on Sunday
Norway's Even Wetten reacts after the men's 500 meters World Sprint Speed Skating Championships race at the former Olympic "Viking Ship" hall in Hammar, January 20, 2007.[Reuters]
  New dragon boats in honor of Winter Asiad
  Making a point
  World Sprint Speed Sakting Champs
  Winter Universiade opens on site of Turin Olympics
  Hand-made fabric shoes in honor of Olympics
  The collapsed Vancouver stadium roof under repair
Workers slowly move a new panel into position on the deflated roof of BC Place sports stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, January 12, 2007. The roof collapsed during a storm January 5 after an overzealous effort to keep the domed fabric roof inflated ended up helping it fail. The stadium is to be the site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. [Reuters]
  Israel PM visits Olympic venues and farm
Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stands beside a cow during a visit to an Israeli-sponsored experimental farm outside Beijing January 9, 2007 in this picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO). Olmert arrived in Beijing on Tuesday aiming to lobby China to close ranks with Western powers against Iran's nuclear programme. [Reuters]
  Calligraphy works in honor of Olympics
  Biathlon World Cup spotlights
  Running for upcoming Olympic Games
  Top 10 Olympic stories unveiled (2006)
  Paper-cut to hail new year and Olympics
A student present her paper-cut of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games mascot Nini and Yingying on the Christmas day. College student and teachers from Shanxi Water Conservancy Profession College join in the a paper-cut competitation on campus to hail the upcoming new year and Beijing Olympic Games.[newsphoto]
  Hurdler Liu Xiang donate to cataract people
Olympic champion 110m hurdler Liu Xiang(C) and his coach (R) Sun Haiping hold a donation tablet for Shanghai-based Huashan Hospital December 25,2006. The champion and his coach are reported to have donated 250,000 yuan to the hospital in his hometown Shanghai to help treat elderly people suffering from cataract, Xinhua New Agency reports.[Xinhua]
  Fuwa children hail Beijing Olympics
  Japan's cyclist crash in Doha Asiad
Japan's Kazuhiro Mori crashes during the men's track cycling madison finals at the 15th Asian Games in Doha December 14, 2006. South Korea won the gold medal, ahead of Kazakhstan and Iran. [Reuters]
  Wushu shines in Doha
  Bahrain's woman sprinter in scarf
  100m hurdles event in Doha
  Asian Games sepaktakraw competition
  Beijing 2008 Olympics promoted in Doha
  Asian Games opening ceremony rehearsal
Dancers participate in the rehearsal of the 15th Asian Games opening ceremony in Doha November 29, 2006. The opening ceremony will be held on December 1, 2006. [Reuters]
  Smiling Doha
  Charming Doha waits for the Asian Games
  Fuwa-theme fresco
A citizen passes by a olympic mascot Fuwa-theme fresco on the wall of the Jinan Qinglong street,Jinan,capital of Shandong Province November 28,2006.[newsphoto]
  Asian Games torch backs in Qatar
Torch relay ambassador Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al-Thani arrives with the flame on Day 49 of the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 torch relay event, aboard Al Shaqhab Amiri Dhow, in Al-Shamal, Qatar November 25, 2006. The relay is the longest in the history of the Games, travelling 50,000 km (31,069 miles) to 15 countries and regions in 55 days, returning to Doha for the opening ceremony Asian Games. [Reuters]
  Send off Chinese players for Doha Asian Games
  Football venue of Asian Games Doha
  Tower of Asian Games Flame
  Liu Qi visits Israel
  Kuwait welcomes Asian Games torch relay
Ambassador for the Torch relay Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al ThanI and President of the OCA Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, President of Kuwait NOC Sheikh Talal Fahad Al Sabah, and shooter Mr Abdullah Tarqi Al Rasheedi pose on the stage at the lighting of the cauldron at Sharq Market, Kuwait City, November 21, 2006.
  Previews to the 2006 Asian Games Doha
  Doha Sport City Tower
A general view shows the Sport City Tower and the site for the Asian Games Flame in Doha November 19, 2006 as preparations continue for the 15th Asian Games 2006.[Reuters]
  Drawing of Olympic venues for Vancouver 2010 Games
An undated artist drawing shows the freestyle and snowboarding venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games on Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver, British Columbia. The Vancouver Olympic Committee announced November 16, 2006 the freestyle course has been completed in readiness for the games. [Reuters]
  Asian Games torch relay in UAE
A man carries a torch along the road to the Hatta Heritage Village at Hatta, UAE, during the 15th Asian Games torch relay event, November 15, 2006. [Reuters]
  Wheel-chair basketball prepare for FESPIC Games
China wheel-chair basketball team players undergo intensive training at Beijing Haidian Sports Centre on November 14, 2006.The team is preparing for the upcoming 9th Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled (FESPIC Games) from November 25 to December 1 held in Kuala Lumpur,captial of Malaysia.[Xinhua]
  Speed climbing
Tatyana Ruiga, the 2006 World Cup speed climbing winner, conducts a master class of climbing for servicemen of Russia's Emergencies Ministry in the Stolby national park outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk November 13, 2006.[Reuters]
  Zhang Ziyi promotes Special Olympics
Chinese film actress Zhang Ziyi shakes hands with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at an event promoting the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai at UN headquarters in New York on November 10, 2006. Zhang is selected as the image ambassador to represent the coming sports event in Shanghai. [Xinhua]
  Xing Huina Hope School opens
Olympic 10,000-metre gold medallist Xing Huina is greeted by a pupil at the opening ceremony of the Xing Huina Hope Elementary School at Shizixing Village in Weifang, East China's Shandong Province, Thursday, November 9, 2004. The school is funded by the China Sportspersons' Education Fund, which was founded by former Chinese world and Olympic champions. [newsphoto]
  Michelle Kwan named US diplomat
Figure skating champion Michelle Kwan (R) smiles as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at the Treaty Room of the State Department in Washington November 9, 2006. Rice named Kwan the public diplomacy ambassador to represent American values especially to young people and sports enthusiasts. [Reuters]
  Asian Games torch flames pass through Tehran
Abdullah Abdullahzadeh carries a torch bearing the flame of the Asian Games as it passes through Mashad, 950km (590 miles) east of Tehran November 7, 2006.[Reuters]
  Olympic wedding held in Xi'an
Californian Bridegroom James Linday (L) of US and his bride Zeng Ping from Lintong, central China's Shaanxi Province, pose for a photo holding Fuwa in hand, the Beijing 2008 Olympic mascots on November 5, 2006.The couple were part of the first Olympic wedding ceremony in Xian, capital of Shaanxi to hail the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.[newsphoto]
  Water Cube has inflatable films installed
Workers work atop of the National Aquatic Center, nicknamed the "Water Cube", in Beijing November 4, 2006. The installation of inflatable films of the center has been completed. [newsphoto]
  Rogge meets Raul Castro
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (L) and Raul Castro, head of Cuba's armed forces and second in the Cuban hierarchy after ailing brother Fidel Castro, share a laugh during the inauguration of the International Sport for All Congress in Havana November 1, 2006.[Reuters]
  British Deputy PM visits Olympic Model School
Britain's Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is surrounded by schoolchildren during a visit to Baijiazhuang Primary School in Beijing October 27, 2006. The school is one of the 200 "Beijing 2008 Olympic Education Model Schools" in the city and has been linked with St. Paul's Primary School in Manchester since 2005. [Reuters]
  Asian Games torch relay held in Jakarta
Indonesian badminton player Taufik Hidayat runs with the torch during the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 Torch Relay in Jakarta October 29, 2006. The relay is travelling 50,000km (31,000 miles) to 15 countries and regions in 55 days before returning to Doha for the opening ceremony of the 15th Asian Games. [Reuters]
  Morning swimming finals set for Beijing
International Olympic Committee (IOC) coordination commission chairman VerBruggen Hein attends the press conference in Beijing.
  Macao welcomes Asian Games flame
Torch bearers for the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 Torch Relay make an exchange of the flame in front of the Sands Hotel in Macau October 26, 2006. The relay is the longest in the history of the Games, travelling some 50,000 km (31,000 miles) to 15 countries and regions in 55 days before returning to Doha for the opening ceremony of the Games.[Reuters]
  2,008-metre long kite made to hail Beijing Olympics
Kite-maker Lu Hailong flies his new kite from a square in Hefei, capital of central China's Anhui Province October 25. Lu created the 2008-meter-long kite in honour of the 2008 Olympics. It is made of a cluster of various Peking Opera masks and took half a year to build. [Newsphoto]
  Torches for the 15th Asian Games reach Guangzhou

Chinese athlete Yang Jinghui gets ready to run with the torch for the 15th Asian Games in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province, October 25, 2006. The Games will open in Doha, Qatar, on December 1. [Xinhua]
  Wen Jiabao meets IOC chief Rogge
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (L) meets Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the Zhongnanhai compound in Beijing October 25, 2006.[Reuters]
  Rogge impressed by showpiece Olympic venues
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge (C) and president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games Liu Qiu (L) visit the site of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games main stadium October 24, 2006. [Reuters]
  Doha Asian Games torch relays to Beijing
Chinese athlete Yang Ling runs with the torch during the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 Torch Relay at Tiananmen Square in Beijing October 22, 2006. The relay is the longest in the history of the Games, travelling 50,000 kms to 15 countries and regions in 55 days before returning to Doha for the opening ceremony of the 15th Asian Games. [Reuters]
  Stellar lineup convened to promote Olympics
World top hurdler Liu Xiang closely examine a terracotta warrior made after his face at the welcoming party of the Olympic-themed extravaganza "Grand Ceremony of Xi'an 2006," in northwestern China's Xi'an on October 20, 2006. A stellar lineup has graced the feast to promote the Beijing Olympic Games slated for 2008. [Xinhua]
  IOC head Rogge meets with Abe
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) shakes hands with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo October 19, 2006. Rogge is on a four-day visit to Japan. [Reuters]
  Mozambique Olympic Committee delegation visits BOCOG
Wang Wei(L) exchange gift with Macome Marcelino, visiting President of the Mozambique Olympic Committee.Wang Wei, executive vice president and secretary-general of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) met with Macome Marcelino, visiting President of the Mozambique Olympic Committee and the two sides had a friendly conversation in Beijing October 18,2006.[BOCOG]
  Putin meets IOC President Rogge
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge during a meeting in Moscow's Kremlin October 9, 2006. [Reuters]
  Asian Games torch lit up in Doha
Asian Games volunteers light their torches from the cauldron during the 15th Asian Games torch lighting ceremony at the Doha Golf club in Doha October 8, 2006.[Reuters]
  Tianjin promotes Olympic education
  Olympic sculpture tour:Taiyuan stage
  Blind swimmers prepare for 2008 Paralympics
  Man got tattoos to hail the Olympics
  German national Special Olympics
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