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  1. IOC chief speaks out over Tibet

    The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, has expressed concern over recent unrest in Tibet.

    Speaking at an IOC meeting in Beijing, Mr Rogge said the IOC "called for a rapid, peaceful resolution of Tibet". He also condemned attempts to disrupt the Olympic torch relay saying violence "is not compatible with the values of the torch relay or the Olympic Games".

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  2. Conclusions from the new evaluation report, with main topic - risks to the IOC:

    Athens

    To conclude its analysis, the Evaluation Commission believes that Athens’s project to host the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010 presents some risks to the IOC.

    Bangkok

    To conclude its analysis, the Evaluation Commission believes Bangkok’s project to host the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010 presents a number of risks to the IOC.

    Moscow

    To conclude its analysis, the Evaluation Commission believes Moscow’s project to host the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games offers minimal risk to the IOC.

    Singapore

    To conclude its analysis, the Evaluation Commission believes Singapore’s project to host the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games offers minimal risk to the IOC.

    Turin

    To conclude its analysis, the Evaluation Commission believes that, although Turin’s project to host the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010 offers few risks to the IOC, the main element of risk outlined in this report is critical to the success of the Games.

    CONCLUSION

    On the basis of its conclusions within each city’s report, the Evaluation Commission believes that the cities of Moscow and Singapore (listed in alphabetical order) would present the least risk to the IOC for the organisation of the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games.

  3. Reports say opera, fireworks to launch Olympic Games

    BEIJING (AFP) — Chinese opera, a massive fireworks display and a mystery ending will mark the highly anticipated opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics, media reported Wednesday.

    Exact details remained closely guarded, but the ceremony's artistic director Zhang Yimou, China's most famous filmmaker, has dropped the first hints on the show's content, the Chongqing Economic Times reported.

    The first full dress rehearsal for the sold-out event launching the Olympics will be held July 10 at the new National Stadium built for the Games, the newspaper added, in a report that appeared Wednesday on the website of the official Xinhua news agency.

    China plans to use the August 8-24 Olympics as its coming out party and the opening ceremony is expected to be a stunning launchpad masterminded by Zhang.

    The three-part programme to be broadcast around the globe and before some 90,000 spectators at the stadium would last about three and a half hours and conclude with the lighting of the Olympic flame, the report quoted Zhang as saying.

    Only 10 people know how the flame-lighting would be carried out, he added.

    "A large-scale fireworks display is something we absolutely must have" as part of a programme that will celebrate 5,000 years of Chinese history, Zhang said.

    Besides the opera and pyrotechnics, other parts will focus on contemporary China and the Olympic movement, he said.

    Beijing is not intent on producing the biggest and best-ever opening ceremony, but wants it to be spectacular, said Jiang Xiaoyu, the organising committee's vice president.

    "We want to create pomp with extraordinary Chinese features, fuelled by hi-tech effects and audience interaction," Jiang was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

  4. IOC Opens Bidding Process For 2010 Youth Games

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    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened the bidding process Friday for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 and Singapore announced it is putting in a bid.

    The IOC sent letters to the world’s 205 national Olympic bodies detailing the procedures for hosting the event featuring athletes ages 14-18.

    The deadline for the national committees to confirm the names of the cities interested in bidding is August 31 with candidate files to be submitted by October 26.

    A panel of IOC experts will select the list of finalists on November 12; an evaluation committee will visit the cities in December before the IOC elects the host city by postal ballot in mid February 2008. The host city announcement is to be made the end of February.

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    The Summer and Winter Youth Games will alternate every four years, with the Summer events being staged in the years of the Olympic Winter Games and vice versa.

    Candidature Acceptance Procedure and Questionnaire [pdf]

    The candidates so far:

    Moscow, Russia

    Singapore

    Hamburg, Germany

    Guadalajara, Mexico

  5. I'm getting triple posts on GamesBids at the moment _ not all the time and not on all threads, but it's embarassing and annoying (it also happens to some of my PMs).

    Any idea if this is a GamesBids server problem? And is it possible to deleteb some of my triple ups (like from the Eurovision thread)?

    I'm experiencing this from a very very long time - some years now - and sometimes it's more that tripple posting - my "record" was 7 times!

  6. To see if you are really that wise, here's a tricky one: What do you do, when you like a girl, but don't know if she likes you too, when at first there were some signals, that she could possibly like you, but then there were the total opposite signals, when this particular girls doesn't show her feelings, better say, hides them, so you couldn't possibly understand what she's thinking about you, when you've already had experience with such situations, but now it's different, when you see this girl every day, when you do not know what to do, when you sit by her, but don't know how to tell her, that you like her, when ...
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