Lawmakers eye Olympic extravagance
Updated: 2006-03-04 11:28
Beijing needs to host a cost-effective Olympics in 2008, some Chinese
lawmakers noted ahead of the annual session of the National People's Congress,
which begins on Sunday.
Zhang Guiyu, an NPC deputy from eastern China's Shandong Province, said
yesterday that Beijing's ambition to host a first-class Olympics does not
necessarily mean an unrestrained budget.
"The organizers of the event should exert all efforts to present the
best-ever games to the world with the minimum amount of expenditure," the
"There are still many people living under the poverty line, especially in the
countryside. We cannot afford an extravagant event," he said.
Wang Quanjie, an NPC deputy from Yantai University in Shandong, said sports
are meant to entertain people and should not serve as a showcase for
An economical Olympics has become the keynote slogan of the event's
The National Stadium has been redesigned, decreasing the number of seats.
Organizers also decided to relocate three venues to college campuses to ensure
the facilities can serve students after the games.
Even so, organizers lifted the budget for the event from US$1.6 billion to
US$2 billion last year.