On Tuesday it was pledged by Liu Qi, secretary of the Chinese Communist
Party's Beijing Municipal Committee, that the 2008 Olympic Games would be special and of the
At a press conference, Liu, who is also the chairman of the
Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympics, gave a review
of the progress the city had made in its preparations for the
Liu elaborated on the concepts of the "Green Olympics, High-tech
Olympics and People's Olympics" which are the guidelines devised by
Beijing to prepare for the huge sporting
With the Olympiad just over 600 days away, preparations are
proceeding well and on schedule, Liu said. The construction of 37
venues and facilities was expected to be completed by the end of
next year, Liu explained.
At the same time Beijing, with a population of 15 million, was
also stepping up preparations for the Olympics in terms of
accommodation, catering and volunteer recruitment, Liu said.
(Xinhua News Agency November 22, 2006)