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The Filipino broacaster, Solar Entertainment, will cover Beijing 2008, along with Vancouver 2010 and London 2012, to the Philippines.

IOC: IOC Signs 2008, 2010 And 2012 Broadcast Rights Deal For The Philippines

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Oscar, you've been warned. This is a forum about next year's beijing games. NOT about Mexico 68. And please stop posting these pics in so many forums. One post in one forum is quite enough, thank you!

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Oscar, you've been warned. This is a forum about next year's beijing games. NOT about Mexico 68. And please stop posting these pics in so many forums. One post in one forum is quite enough, thank you!

i so sorry, excuse me please.

sir...

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Uh, that last picture still gives the IOC the creeps in some ways. Now that we are just over a year away from Beijing 2008, I fear that there could be those sort of actions being played out there in the field or other venue. That will not suit the Chinese well and will test their patience.

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Oscar, you've been warned. This is a forum about next year's beijing games. NOT about Mexico 68. And please stop posting these pics in so many forums. One post in one forum is quite enough, thank you!

good call...

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Yesterday, 6 years ago, Beijing won the right to host the 2008 Olympic Games at the Moscow 2001 IOC Session.

Link: IOC: The Olympic Games En Route For Beijing

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yea and just over a year to go until the opening ceremony. Thanks for posting this article!!!

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Lord Coe thinks Beijing 2008 "will change China."

Olympic Games: Beijing Games are proving 'catalyst for change' says Coe

By Paul Radford

Published: 04 August 2007

Sebastian Coe, head of the London 2012 Games, believes that next year's Beijing Olympics are proving to be a catalyst for change in China."Beijing is a city that is looking outwards," he said. "The Games have been a catalyst for change, that is already apparent."

Coe said he had noticed on his visits to China the physical effects of change, including city regeneration and the tackling of pollution. But he said there would be social changes too as China eases restrictions on the media for the period in and around the Games, which open on 8 August next year.

Asked whether China would accept that once restrictions were lifted they would be almost impossible to re-impose, Coe said: "There is a recognition in China that this is almost certainly the case. There is a real thirst for understanding what this whole process is about. It can probably only go in one direction once the Games has helped make this change."

But Coe said social changes were not the prime aim of the Olympics. "It's not for the International Olympic Committee to dictate the rate of change on the potential direction of that country. What I suppose I'm saying is that sport inherently does that anyway.

"Any number of Olympic cities have not just mirrored society – the Olympic movement, on occasions, has set its trends."

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However, also from the same BBC website page, it lists the three main concerns about how Beijing 2008 may be viewed, both directly and indirectly, by the world at large, with one year to go.

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Although the stadia are certain to get the thumbs-up, there are other factors that have raised concerns with the International Olympic Committee and the wider public.

One of those is the air pollution in Beijing.

Two years ago, the European Space Agency revealed the Chinese capital had seriously high levels of nitrogen dioxide.

"We know that the organisers and the government at all levels are dedicating a lot of effort to creating the appropriate conditions for the Games air quality," said IOC president Jacques Rogge, who has warned events will not go ahead if pollution levels are too high.

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One of the main reasons for the high levels of air pollution is the traffic problem in the capital.

The city's officials aim to temporarily reduce the three million registered vehicles by one million this year.

During the test events in 2007, data will be collected to see if doing this will have an effect of air quality.

IOC chief Jacques Rogge added: "It is important to remind ourselves it is not the first time that Games have had to deal with challenges in this field."

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Another issue that has raised concern is the reported labour abuses.

A group called Play Fair 2008 has claimed factories supplying Games goods are paying as little as half the legal minimum wage and employing children as young as 12.

The Beijing Olympics organisers (Bocog) are taking action against such abuses, having terminated a contract with a stationery company after discovering it was using child labour.

A Bocog spokesman said "We attach great importance to working conditions and corporate social responsibility issues in licensees' companies."

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McDonald's launches the "Champion Kids" program for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Link: IOC: McDonald's To Sponsor "Champion" Children

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A Champion Kid looks forward to the Olympic Games in 2008

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'Champion Kids' from Beijing and the mascots having fun at the launch event

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The Champion Kids launch event

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A Champion Kid from Beijing having fun at the launch event

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Meanwhile, Coca-Cola has been given to make Olympic pins that are going be made out of the excess steel used for the building of the Bird's Nest stadium.

Link: IOC: Coca-Cola To Produce Olympic Pins From "Bird's Nest" Steel

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Edited by Guardian

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Along with that "Champion Kids" program with McDonald's, the Chinese National Olympic Committee (NOC) and BOCOG has set up for their school children the "HEART-TO-HEART INITIATIVE", ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Link: IOC: Olympic Education For 400 Million Young People In China

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Olympic education for 400 million young people in China. Chinese girls performing a cultural dance.

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Chinese children in action

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Chinese students demonstrating a traditional sport

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Group picture of Jacques Rogge's visit to Beijing no. 4 High School, an Olympic Education Model School

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Google picked this up a couple of hours ago. I don't know, but I think this article, from the Bangkok Post, pretty much sums up the hype BEFORE the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Link: Bangkok Post: Beijing 2008 Building Up For Big Letdown

Note: Do not let the title of the article distract you. You may want to give it a read, before making up your mind for yourselves.

Beginning quote: "Here's a contrarian question concerning the 2008 Beijing Olympics: who cares?"

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Google picked this up a couple of hours ago. I don't know, but I think this article, from the Bangkok Post, pretty much sums up the hype BEFORE the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Link: Bangkok Post: Beijing 2008 Building Up For Big Letdown

Note: Do not let the title of the article distract you. You may want to give it a read, before making up your mind for yourselves.

Beginning quote: "Here's a contrarian question concerning the 2008 Beijing Olympics: who cares?"

Some of the viewpoints are explaining the facts, however, I do suspect the starting point of the article is fresh enough. Still the issues that been mentioned all over just before the Games.

"Yet creating jobs for the masses _ and not rocking the boat _ is seen as more important. "

that's the political themetune CCP singing everywhere in China. And the most understandable option for China by far. Stronger Economy, More Middle Class, Higher Democracy.

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Two months from now, the 7th World Conference on Sport and Environment will take place in Beijing. It will be hosted by the IOC and the UNEP.

Link: IOC: 2007 World Conference On Sport And Environment Takes Shape

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Within this article, there is a draft program about what will be talked about at the conference.

Edited by Guardian

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Looks like Beijing 2008 is on its way to being held successfully next year, judging on how the test events went, under the "Good Luck Beijing Sports Events" program.

Link: IOC-> Beijing 2008: IOC Sports Observation A Great Success

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BEIJING 2008: IOC Sports Observation A Great Success

Hein Verbruggen listens to a briefing at the archery venue

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Gilbert Felli speaks to a staff member at the Good Luck Beijing Sports Events

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Action from the beach volleyball tournament

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Racing at the BMX Sports Event

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Competitors racing at the rowing event

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great to see the test events are underway

Come click on this link here: Beijing 2008 Official Website: The 2007-2008 "Good Luck Beijing" Sports Events - 42 Top-Level Competitions

Once you get to the first page, click on both the "2007 Calendar" and "2008 Calendar" icons for all the competitions completed and upcoming, in preparation for the big dance and opening ceremony on 08/08/08.

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thanks for that!!! Ther is a lot of sport happening around the world at the moment with athletics and rowing world champs!!! Its all building up for next year only 436 days to go! :)

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The lighting of the Olympic Flame will take place at 24 of March it was announced yesterday.

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The lighting of the Olympic Flame will take place at 24 of March it was announced yesterday.

Ah... four days after my birthday!!!

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The nations that have qualified for the basketball tournament for Beijing 2008 so far.

- China (as host nation)

- Russia

- Lithuania

- Spain

- Angola

- USA

- Argentina (defending Olympic champion from 2004)

- Iran

- Australia

THREE more places will be determined between these 12 nations in July 2008.

- Cameroon

- Cape Verde

- Puerto Rico

- Brazil

- Canada

- Lebanon

- South Korea

- Greece

- Germany

- Croatia

- Slovenia

- New Zealand

Link: IOC-> Beijing 2008: Nine Teams Qualified For Men's Basketball Tournament

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The nations that have qualified for the basketball tournament for Beijing 2008 so far.

- China (as host nation)

- Russia

- Lithuania

- Spain

- Angola

- USA

- Argentina (defending Olympic champion from 2004)

- Iran

- Australia

THREE more places will be determined between these 12 nations in July 2008.

- Cameroon

- Cape Verde

- Puerto Rico

- Brazil

- Canada

- Lebanon

- South Korea

- Greece

- Germany

- Croatia

- Slovenia

- New Zealand

Link: IOC-> Beijing 2008: Nine Teams Qualified For Men's Basketball Tournament

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Will be extremely interesting to see who qualifies out of these nations: Germany, Greece, Puerto Rico and New Zealand must be amognst the favourites. The tournament isnt to July which is quite late in the piece really

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