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Olympics 2008 in Beijing

Olympic Countdown

Background:

On July 13th 2001 the IOC elected Beijing to be the host of the Olympic Games in 2008. Beijing was selected over its competitors Paris, Toronto, Osaka and Istanbul. The slogan of the games is “One World, One Dream” and there are three main themes:

•    Green Olympic Games
•    High-Tech Olympic Games
•    People‘s Olympic Games

Beijing’s winning bid for the Olympics released a small money fever in the minds of managers who hold economic relations with China. On www.ChinaOrbit.com you can score big with extensive knowledge related to the games, including the economic and political implications as well as a wealth of various background information and facts that explore many aspects of the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing.

Olympics 2008  timetable

Olympic Timetable

Here you will be able to find an up to date timetable of events for the Beijing Olympic Games that will take place in August 2008. Read more...

Olympic Countdown Events

Olympic Countdown Events

In this section you will be able to find articles and different types of media such as photos and film that cover the one year coutdown events to the Olympic Games 2008 that took place accross Beijing and the rest of China. Read more...

Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay

With a 130 day, 137,000 kilometer (85,127 mile) route planned for the Beijing 2008 Olympics Torch Relay, the world will soon be witness to the Olympic Torch as it travels great distances spanning cities reaching 5 of the Earth’s continents. Read more...

Olympic Athletes

Chinese Athletes

Liu Xiang was born on the 12th of July 1983 in Shanghai. His professional career began by winning at the IAAF Grand Prix in Lausanne. Since that time Liu Xiang qualified for the final round at IAAF Olympics twice but was beaten both times by his idol Allen Johnson. Read more...

Olympic Sports 2008

Do you know which different kinds of sport are included to the Olympic Games? Here you’ll find a list such as other information concerning the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008. From A like Aquatic to W like Wrestling all sports are listed. Additionally some facts about the former Olympic Games are given. Read more...

Beijing After the Olympics

Beijing After the Olympics

Once the final ceremony finishes, the drums and trumpets of the competitions would also cease. But would the city remain as vibrant as it would be after this world event? Investment sustainability and high demand are two highly invaluable economic concepts that can be looked at in order to ensure post-Olympics prosperity, or perhaps, an even better future for Beijingers. Read more...

Olympic Athletes

The biggest obstacle in Deng Yaping's Table Tennis career was not her opponents, but her height. When she was 9 years old she won a provincial junior championship but was denied a place on the provincial team because she was too short. Read more...

First drop offs soccer part Olympics

In June 2007, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) organised a European Championship for the under 21 age category. The tournament for the soccer stars of the future was held in the Netherlands from the 10th to the 23rd of June, 2007. Read more...

Building site Olympics 2008

Peak period is currently prevailing on the building sites of Beijing. At the moment, 30 000 workers are working very hardly all day and night ensuring that the projected Olympia sites can be finished within the prescribed period. Read more...

China´s Olympic History

In 1908 the Olympic Games were first mentioned in a Chinese magazine. Already in 1922 Wang Zhengting became the first Chinese member of the IOC, in 1928 China delegated the first observer to the Games in Amsterdam. When rumours spread in 1932 that the government of the Japanese puppet state Mandschuko had plans to participate in the Games in Los Angeles, a delegation of five- one of them a participating athlete- was quickly put together. The Chinese sprinter Liu Changchun entered the 100m as well as the 200m run but could not qualify for the final runs. Read more...

China's Application for the Olympic Games in 2000

China's Application for the Olympic Games in 2000 China organized the first great international sports event in 1990 when the PRC hosted the 11th Asia Games in Beijing. These Asia Games were considered a dress rehearsal for a possible application to become the host city of the Games in 2000. The application was decided in April 1991 and the "2000 Olympic Games Bidding Committee" was founded. Read more...

Beijing's successful Bid for the Olympic Games in 2008

China organized the first great international sports event in 1990 when the PRC hosted the 11th Asia Games in Beijing. These Asia Games were considered a dress rehearsal for a possible application to become the host city of the Games in 2000. The application was decided in April 1991 and the "2000 Olympic Games Bidding Committee" was founded. Read more...

Olympic Games 2008 and Economy

Regarding the economy western companies have great hopes for the Olympics in Beijing. The Australian Sun Herald compared the run of western companies on orders in Beijing with a gold rush. The city has to improve its infrastructure, build modern communication facilities and modern sporting venues, modernize its tourist accommodation and invest money in alternative energy. Read more...

Olympic Games 2008 and Human Rights

The IOC tried not to make the question of human rights and democratization the focal point of the selection procedure for the Games in 2008. This was mainly due to the fact, that Beijing had an important supporter in IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who was not interested in having a discussion arise within the IOC which would have thrown a bad light on Beijing. Read more...

China in Athen 2004

The year 2004 was intended to be a sort of athletic test run or intermediate stop for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In the Chinese press, much advance speculation was made about who would take third place in the national rankings, as the first two places seemed to be assured the USA and Russia. Read more...

Application period for Olympic-volunteers

On the 28th of August The Beijing organization committee of the Olympic Games (BOCOG) officially declared the start of the time frame for the application procedures for voluntary helpers to work at the Olympic Games 2008 in the Chinese capital. Read more...

Accreditation of Journalists for 2008

In December 2006, the Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao signed a decree that deals with the regulations for foreign journalists regarding reporting of the events around the Olympiad. At the announcement for the Olympic Games 2008, China promised to permit journalists both free access and free reporting rights without restrictions. Read more...

Preview of Beijing 2008

The next host city traditionally has the opportunity to present itself and its country at the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Chinese news anchors were naturally very taken by the Athenian closing ceremonies in 2004, especially by the eight-minute presentation, developed by Chinese director Zhang Yimou of Beijing as 2008's upcoming host. Read more...

2012 Olympics in London

In Singapore on the 6th of July, London was named host of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games: after four rounds of voting, the British capital beat out Paris, Madrid, New York City, and Moscow.Moscow was cut in the first round, New York in the second, and Madrid in the third. Read more...

Chess Olympiad in Dresden 2008

Olympiad in Germany? This has become reality now for chess players. The Chess Olympiad 2008 was allocated to Dresden on 29 October 2004 during at the FIDE congress. Dresden could assert itself against its fellow competitor from Tallinn with 69 to 29 votes. By the way, the Chess Olympiad 2006 will take place in Turin, the city in which also the Olympic Winter Games 2006 will be held. Read more...