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Beijing 2008 Praised By IOC

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Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games, told China Daily on the sidelines of a working meeting with Beijing 2008, “we are equally happy with 2007 as we were with 2006 and 2005 and previous years. All the work is on schedule. I’m happy I could come this time in December and see things are really moving in the right direction”.

Verbruggen has approved of all the tests held this year on the facilities and operation in Beijing and the co-host cities. He said, “we heard the evaluation on test events this morning. They are all excellent. The reactions we got from international federations are very good”.

He called the crash of the online system during tickets sales in October “almost a luxury problem. The computer breakdown was a practical problem. For me that’s almost a luxury problem”.

Verbruggen is optimistic over preparations ahead of the Games. He said, “I don’t wish anything else than a well-organized Games. It will be wonderful. I really hope the athletes will be happy when they leave China next August because they will have been able to perform to the best of their abilities thanks to the good work carried out by the Games’ organizers.

“The same goes for the rest of the Olympic family and spectators. Many people will see the country for the first time and hopefully they will be happy with what they see and will want to come back and see more”. Write or read comments about this article

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