Beijing Olympic Venue Contruction On Track30 March 2006
Officials in Beijing have announced that construction on the venues for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 is progressing smoothly, with 20 of the 31 Beijing-based venues for the 2008 Games currently under construction.
Building work also began last year on five auxiliary facilities and one training venue.
Of the 31 competition venues that will be used to host the events of the 26 Olympic sports that will be held in Beijing, 11 are new, 11 are existing venues that will be renovated or expanded and nine are temporary.
Forty-one training venues and five non-competition venues, which are directly related to the Games, will also be needed.
In order to ensure a sustainable legacy - something the IOC strongly encourages - the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) has looked not only to use temporary venues or to renovate existing venues, where possible, but has also sought to identify suitable post-Games use for each venue.
Aside from the obvious sporting and social legacy - many of the venues will be used after the Games to the advantage of the local community and for Chinese sport - there will also be an environmental legacy, with the areas around the venues and the road infrastructure leading to the venues being improved, as well as the creation of the Olympic Forest Park, where tree planting and landscaping is currently underway.
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 will take place from 8 August 2008 until 24 August 2008. The Games in Beijing will play host to the 28 summer sports currently on the Olympic programme.
Approximately 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in the Games with around 20,000 accredited media bringing the Games to the world.