'Positive' review to Beijing Olympics

April 19, 2007 at 9:30 AM
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BEIJING, April 19 (UPI) -- Beijing Olympic officials received a positive review from an International Olympic Committee group checking preparations ahead of the 2008 Olympics.

The IOC Coordination Commission on Thursday wrapped up three days of meetings and site visits in Beijing to check on how Chinese officials are getting ready for the 2008 Summer Games. The commission has two other Beijing visits planned prior to the Aug. 8-24, 2008, games.

Commission members visited several sites, including the National Stadium and the Olympic Village. The overall impression was positive, the IOC said in a release.

"The venues that we have just seen will be truly magnificent for the athletes to compete and live in and for the media to live and work in at games time," said commission Chairman Hein Verbruggen. "Personally, I found the visit to the National Stadium a particularly emotional experience because I can now see that the opening ceremony is nearly upon us and also just how far we have come together over these past six years."

Beijing Olympic officials have scheduled 26 test events this year to help fine-tune preparations, the IOC said.

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