The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Beijing Olympic
organizers on Wednesday said the schedules of swimming and
gymnastics finals of the 2008 Games are still uncertain.
A competition schedule provided by the Beijing Olympic
Organizing Committee (BOCOG) at the world press briefing indicates
that swimming and gymnastics finals will be held in the morning,
instead of at night time as previous Games did.
"The day competition schedule is yet to be confirmed by the
IOC," said Sun Weiyi, an official with BOCOG's sports
The move from night time to day time was required by US rights
holder NBC, which will allow it to air those events live in prime
time. Broadcasters in Australia and Asia have protested the
The IOC had been expected to decide on this matter in June, but
has delayed making its final decision.
Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, said
official word is supposed to come from the IOC executive board
meeting in November in Kuwait.
"Of course, it will be decided before the end of this year," he
Though Chinese swimmers voiced their dissatisfaction over the
possible change, BOCOG executive vice-president Jiang Xiaoyu said
China will respect the IOC's decision.
"The final say is within the IOC. Whatever the decision is, we
will accept and respect it," he said.
(Xinhua News Agency, September 28, 2006)