IOC satisfied with renewed assurances from Beijing organisers
03 Apr 2008 09:58
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games concluded its tenth and final meeting with the Beijing Organising Committee (BOCOG) confident that BOCOG is on the right track with its preparations for this summer’s Olympic Games, which begin in just 127 days. The Commission, which is the body appointed by the IOC to oversee the operational aspects of the Games, spent three days (1-3 April) in the Chinese capital helping to guide the organisers as they work to put on successful Games this August.
Commenting at the conclusion of the meetings, Coordination Commission Chairman Hein Verbruggen said: ”BOCOG is progressing well with all of its operations and we are confident that our Chinese friends will put on great Games for the athletes of the world. The IOC noted an increased level of support from the government authorities for the Organising Committee, which will undoubtedly help reinforce BOCOG’s excellent work. We were satisfied by the assurances we received across a number of areas – media service levels, including internet access, brand protection, environmental contingency plans for improved air quality, and the live broadcast feed. BOCOG must now fine-tune its operations over the final four months. The ability to act as an integrated team, with straightforward processes to enable timely decision-making will be extremely important. There is every reason to believe that a gold-medal performance is within their grasp and that the world will marvel at superb Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
In addition to working on some 44 different functions that are tracked as part of the analysis to gain a perspective of Games preparations – from sport, spectator services, venues and technology to finance, marketing and medical services -, the Commission members spent time appraising Beijing’s physical readiness by visiting the Olympic Green and some of the venues located in this area.
Verbruggen continued: “This being our last Commission meeting – although of course I will return with a smaller team in the coming months – allow me to say it has been a pleasure to work with President Liu Qi and his team. BOCOG has worked relentlessly for nearly seven years now. They, plus the Chinese people, who are so excited about welcoming the world to their country, and of course the world’s athletes, for whom the Olympic Games are staged first and foremost, deserve success and a great event this summer.”
BOCOG President Liu Qi said: “Since the beginning of this year, the central Chinese government has further strengthened its guidance of the preparations. As host country, we will spare no effort or enthusiasm in making the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games the greatest opportunities for people around the world to understand, befriend and cooperate with each other.”
President Liu also expressed his sincere gratitude to the IOC Coordination Commission for its continued support and assistance. He pledged that BOCOG will continue to work closely with the Coordination Commission to achieve the common goal of ensuring successful staging of the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.