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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 04 Aug 2007 at 11:58pm

"Beijing cries foul over anthem at Japan sports meet"


AP, BEIJING
Sunday, Aug 05, 2007, 

China has lodged a formal protest with Japan over the playing of the Taiwanese national anthem at an Olympic basketball qualifying tournament in the Japanese city of Tokushima, the Xinhua news agency reported yesterday.

A Japanese diplomat in Beijing was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Friday and received a "stern representation" over the incident, Xinhua said.

"China expresses strong protest and demands the Japanese side to immediately take effective measures to remove this vile influence and avoid similar events from happening again," the report said.

It wasn't clear when the anthem was played.

Taiwan's national anthem is banned in China and its performance is strongly discouraged in Hong Kong.

Taiwanese singer Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹) -- better known as A-mei -- was blacklisted in China for several years after she performed the anthem at President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) presidential inauguration in 2000.

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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 25 Oct 2007 at 6:04pm
Beijing 2008: Readiness Takes A Step Closer to Reality

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Bringing to a close its next-to-last meeting before the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games begin, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission today marked an important milestone in its review of preparations for August next year. The three-day meeting with the Beijing 2008 Organising Committee (BOCOG) was the first held since the IOC visit in August, and was the opportunity to fully appraise the results of the test events held over the past months. The meeting gave the Commission members details of Games preparations as well as status reports on how BOCOG and the local Beijing authorities plan to address matters such as air quality, ticketing and the Olympic Torch Relay.
 
From Understanding to Operational Reality
“The BOCOG team has once again shown us that they have understood what is needed to organise top quality Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Hein Verbruggen, Chairman of the Coordination Commission. “The feedback that we have been receiving from the International Federations and athletes alike, specifically from their experiences at the test events, shows us that BOCOG has been able to translate that understanding into an operational reality. However, in these final months, the need for continuous action is imperative.”
 
Athletes’ Review
This week’s meeting also brought IOC Athletes’ Commission representatives to Beijing for a review of service levels for athletes at Games time, including a look at the Olympic Village. Their review is a regular part of Games preparations to ensure that the needs of the athletes are met and conform to the high standards expected from the Olympic Games.
The athletes’ representatives group was made up of Olympians Robert Ctvrtlik (volleyball), Rania Elwani (swimming) and Yaping Deng (table tennis), who were selected by the Commission to independently represent the athletes’ interests.
 
Hong Kong
Before arriving in Beijing, a delegation from the Coordination Commission also visited the co-host city of Hong Kong, where the Beijing 2008 equestrian events will be held. Members visited both venues in Beas River and Sha Tin. They also held meetings with the Hong Kong Equestrian Company, and representatives of the local government and sports authorities. Following the visits and meetings, the Commission members were all highly impressed by the facilities and services that will await the equestrian community in August 2008.
 
Beijing 2008
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 will take place from 8 to 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.

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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 27 Apr 2008 at 6:53pm
New UN Special Adviser visits the IOC


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23 April 2008

IOC President Jacques Rogge welcomed the new Special Adviser to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke, to the IOC headquarters yesterday. Lemke, a former manager of first division German football club Werder Bremen, and a former Senator of the German State of Bremen, succeeds Adolf Ogi.

 

During their meeting, Rogge and Lemke agreed to continue the fruitful cooperation between the two organisations in numerous areas. Both will continue to promote sport as a tool in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and combine their efforts in peace-building, environmental protection and the fight against doping. Lemke offered his support in securing ratification of the UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention by new member states. The Convention provides a framework for harmonising anti-doping rules and policies worldwide, and ensuring the effectiveness of the World Anti-Doping Code. It calls upon governments to join efforts to strengthen ethics, personal responsibility and integrity in sport. Lemke  and Rogge also agreed to explore new areas of joint activities such as the Youth Olympic Games. 
 
With less than four months to go until the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Lemke und Rogge pledged their commitment to ensure that the Games are celebrated by Beijing, China and the world in an Olympic spirit of friendship and respect.
 
 
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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 27 Apr 2008 at 7:00pm
Athletes passionately express their feelings on Beijing 2008

24 April 2008
Gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland, athletes from around the world who represent the voice of sportsmen and women on the International Olympic Committee, met to discuss how to address the challenging international backdrop into which the Olympic Games have been drawn in recent weeks.
The Athletes’ Commission members spoke passionately and from their own experiences about the inappropriateness of manipulating and using athletes as political tools. At the close of the meeting, they released the following statement.
 
“In 2001, the International Olympic Committee voted to award the Olympic Games in 2008 to Beijing, China. We believe the rationale for that choice – that the bid was the best one, technically excellent and that the Games should be brought to a country where one fifth of the world lives – was a sound rationale then, and remains sound today. Indeed, some of our Commission members were members of the IOC at the time and fully supported the choice of Beijing and still do.
 
 
The Olympic Games are an event that allow athletes from across the globe to show us a world as it can be when people come together peacefully to celebrate their commonality rather than focus on their differences. We believe firmly that sport has, over the past seven years of Games preparation, served as an entry point to allow a growing understanding between China and the world and vice versa. Of particular note is that in the past weeks three World Championships, which by the way are also the test events for the Olympic Games, have been staged smoothly and successfully. There can be no better way to encourage China’s change and celebrate the positive steps already taken, than to engage through sport. And no better way than through the Olympic Games, watched by billions around the world, and millions who will come to Beijing. 
 
We are all of the wholehearted belief that boycotts are pointless and senseless – and only hurt the athletes. Some of us know this through bitter, personal experience. Others know it through our friends. We are heartened by the fact that the futility of boycotts is recognised by the majority of governments and organisations around the world. We note, however, that in some quarters there are those who chose to play with the idea of boycotting the Opening Ceremony. On this point, we would like to stress that for each of us individually, parading for our country at the Opening Ceremony was a key moment of pride, the memories of which we remember fondly today; athletes who have this opportunity ahead of them will doubtless recognise how special this moment will be for them. The Olympic ceremonies, like the Games, are for the athletes; it is for the athletes that the crowd in the stadium cheers and the supporters watch on TV screens around the world. Having heads of state, government and sports ministers alongside the general public in the stadium is a sign of support for their athletes.  
 
Athletes have a right to express themselves, and plenty of opportunity to do so ahead of and during the Games. Typically, however, they are focused on how to achieve sporting success. They have trained years for their moment and deserve to experience it without being burdened with geopolitical issues – no matter how important those issues might be. Athletes from 205 different countries and territories compete against each other at the Olympic Games. This is why our event has regulations in place to discourage its politicisation. With so many issues and conflicts in our world, if we allow our event to be the place to raise them, this would change the essence of what we are there to do – to compete athlete against athlete in a spirit of respect, friendship and fair play. Athletes have the right not to express themselves – and certainly the right not to feel obliged to do so. It is normal that the majority of athletes will simply want to be allowed to focus on their preparations and their competitions. We support and defend them in this right.
 
 
With only three months left until the Olympic Games, we are excited and eager for the start of the event. The Torch Relay, which heralds the Games, and symbolises our values and dreams, has not had the peaceful passage it deserves. We are truly saddened by this.  Violent protests around the Olympic torch are totally counter to the values the torch stands for. The torch, which does not belong to any country but rather to the world, represents Olympic values – nothing else, and should be allowed to pass peacefully. We do not want to see it mistreated nor exploited.


As National Olympic Committees make the final selections for the teams they will field in Beijing, we would like to wish athletes around the world the best of luck in the final qualification processes. This is your moment to shine on a world stage, to enjoy the experience and to know that you will be part of history. We can tell you from our experience that you will be warmly welcomed in Beijing by the Chinese people. We can also reassure you that the Organising Committee is paying the necessary attention to managing the air quality and that your health is of great importance to it. We believe today, as much as we did back in 2001, that Beijing 2008 will be a great success, giving Beijing and China the opportunity of a positive legacy they can manage and sustain. We, your representatives, along with your National Federation, your National Olympic Committee, and of course the International Olympic Committee are here to guide and advise you. Good luck!”
 
 
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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 02 May 2008 at 2:27pm

Hong Kong to greet re-visit of Olympic flame with enthusiasm

After completing its trip in Ho Chi Minh City today (April 29), the Olympic flame will arrive at Hong Kong aboard a special charter flight for the Torch Relay to be held in the territory on May 2. With the preparatory work for the Olympic Torch Relay in Hong Kong having entered the final stage, the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Thomas Chow unveiled the route of the Torch Relay and arrangements of associated celebration activities.
Mr Chow noted that in the light of the experience gained from the Community Torch Relay on April 18, the route of the Olympic Torch Relay on May 2 was considered appropriate and workable, and the whole event should be able to complete on time. The detailed arrangements have been fine-tuned, hoping that the event could run as smoothly as possible on that day.

    The fine-tuning is in Sha Tin section of the route where the starting point of this section will be moved slightly backwards. The convoy will not stop in front of the entrance of Sha Tin Sports Ground at Yuen Wo Road as initially planned, but will travel all the way to Sha Tin Rural Committee Road, where the Olympic flame will be carried by the torchbearers again. This adjustment has been made by taking into account the presence of three centres of the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, including the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Mrs Fung Wong Fung Ting College, the SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School and the Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School on Yuen Wo Road.
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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 22 May 2008 at 8:07am

PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Becomes Official Partner Of Beijing 2008


Osaka, Japan (May 21, 2008) - Panasonic, the leading brand for which Matsu@#$%a Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is best known, today announced that the company has agreed on a partnership with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games(BOCOG) to become an Official Partner of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in the Video and Audio Equipment Category.

The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games will take place from September 6 to 17, 2008. Approximately 4,000 athletes from 145 countries and regions are expected to compete in the Games recognized as the world's premier sporting event for athletes with a disability.

Panasonic has been an Official Partner of the Paralympic Games since the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games. Through its support for international sporting events such as the Paralympic Games, Panasonic aims to promote world peace and facilitate greater worldwide acceptance of people with a disability.

Panasonic will be providing RAMSA professional audio systems and ASTROVISION large screen display system to various venues including at National Stadium (also known as the Bird's Nest), where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held. Panasonic will also provide HD image and high-quality sound broadcasting equipment to the International Broadcast Centre of the Paralympic Games to assist in delivering the passion and excitement to spectators around the world.

About Panasonic
Panasonic is proud to support the Olympic Movement ― aimed at promoting world peace through sports ― as an Official Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Video and Audio Equipment category for more than 20 years since The Olympic Partner (TOP) Program commenced for the Calgary Olympic Winter Games in 1988. Under the theme "Sharing the Passion," Panasonic will contribute to the success of the Olympic Games through its technology. This year, Panasonic renewed its partnership with the International Olympic Committee for a further eight years to 2016.

For more information, visit http://panasonic.net/olympic/ .

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Tokyo 2016 To Fine Tune Bid At AIPS Congress


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tokyo 2016 bid officials joined media from about 100 nations at the annual International Sports Press Association’s (AIPS) Congress in Beijing May 21-24. In a press release the bid committee says it wants to absorb the Olympic spirit and fine-tune its own bid as it prepares for the Beijing Olympic Games in August.

According to the press release the three Tokyo 2016 bid officials will learn about the Olympic media experience from respected sports journalists from around the world as well as benefit from exposure to best practice examples presented by the hosts of the Congress, the Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee and the China Sports Press Association.

Tokyo 2016 says its bid has already focused on ensuring the provision of media facilities “that are not only world-class, but designed to be easily accessible throughout the duration of the Games. Tokyo 2016 will provide quick access with an average travel time of just four minutes from each media hub to the Olympic Stadium, ten minutes to the Olympic Village and 20 minutes to all other competition venues. Using innovative, high-speed, high-volume, fibre-optic technology, media hubs and competition venues will be connected to ensure the delivery of media coverage around-the-clock”.

Deputy Director General Yasuhiro Nakamori said, “the bid recognizes that the media are a vital part of the Olympic Games and we are delighted to have the opportunity to listen to some of the world’s most prominent sports journalists and communication professionals at the AIPS Congress. We will learn best practice from those in the industry and leave with a greater understanding of the media’s needs in relation to the reporting of the Olympic Games. If the Tokyo 2016 bid is successful, delivering a world-class, media-friendly Games is critical for us to achieve our aims and showcase what makes Tokyo such a unique and hospitable place to visit”.

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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 06 June 2008 at 11:25pm

INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESS RELEASE


WEDNESDAY 04 JUNE 2008
IOC provisionally suspends Iraqi Olympic Committee


The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided today to provisionally suspend the Iraqi National Olympic Committee (NOC) as a consequence of the on-going political interference by the government within the sports movement in Iraq. This culminated two weeks ago in the Iraqi Council of Ministers dismissing the NOC and its member federations and appointing an interim committee chaired by the Minister of Sport: a clear breach of the NOC’s autonomy.
Consequently, on the basis of the provision of the Olympic Charter (Rule 28.9 in particular) and in order to protect the Olympic Movement in Iraq, the IOC Executive Board ruled as follows:
 
  • The Iraqi National Olympic Committee is suspended on a provisional basis – with all the consequences provided by the Olympic Charter – as a protective measure due to the interferences from the Iraqi government authorities.
 
  • The IOC does not recognize any ‘interim committee’ nor any other officers appointed by the Iraqi government authorities to supervise the NOCI or the Iraqi Olympic and sports movement and reiterates its full support to the office bearers of the NOCI and Olympic and sports movement who were legitimately elected.
 
  • The IOC – together with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Iraqi NOC office bearers who were legitimately elected – will invite representatives of the Iraqi government authorities in order to analyse the situation and find appropriate solutions for the Iraqi NOC and the Iraqi Olympic and sports movement as a whole, including the athletes, provided that the principles and rules laid down in the Olympic Charter will always be strictly observed, in particular the autonomy of the Iraqi NOC and the Olympic and sports movement.
 
The IOC will continue to look for ways to help Iraqi athletes, although the situation created by the Iraqi government authorities makes the task very difficult. Over the last three years, the IOC and the wider Olympic Movement have taken a series of initiatives in favour of Iraqi sport. Through this collaboration, some 50 Iraqi athletes and coaches have been able to find adequate training opportunities within various NOCs for the Doha Asian Games in December 2006 and the Beijing Olympic Games.


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