Tianjin, the venue for football preliminaries of the 2008
Olympics, has aimed to deliver the competition as well as the main
host city Beijing.
Construction on the 80,000-capacity Olympic stadium for the
football event will be completed at the end of this year, but
Tianjin local organisers said that their preparatory work will go
"It is not nearly enough to only build a stadium meeting the
competition requirements. We will also work hard in competition
organisation and services delivery," said Xie Delong, vice chief of
Tianjin sports administrative bureau.
"We will follow the example set by Beijing, working to high
standards and strict requirements," he added.
The local organising committee, which was set up in April 2005,
signed an agreement with the Beijing organising committee three
months later, which officially confirmed Tianjin's status of being
one of the co-host cities for the Games. Shanghai, Qingdao,
Qinhuangdao, Shenyang and Hong Kong are the other five co-host
"Under the agreement, we must meet the requirements in as many
as 13 fields, including venue, competition and medical service, so
that we can host successfully the Olympic football events.
Tianjin was chosen to host some of the football preliminaries,
partly because the city had amassed plenty of experiences in
hosting major events such as world gymnastics championship, world
table tennis championships and Asian men's volleyball
The ongoing women's water polo World Cup and the pending Asian
Cup football qualifiers will be also warm-ups for the Olympic
"We will take advantage of the major events to warm up for the
Olympics, trying to improve our organisation," said Xie.
"The events will also provide us a platform to communicate with
the national and international sports federations.
Tianjin will next launch the recruitment of volunteers for the
"During the Olympics, people will see volunteers not only at the
stadia, but also shopping centers and railway stations and so on,"
"They will be everywhere all the time," he said.
(Xinhua News Agency August 14, 2006)