IOC officials inspect Beijing's preparations for the 2008 Olympics
A top inspector from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Beijing has done a "perfect" job in venue construction for the 2008 Olympic Games on Feb 23.
"We're extremely pleased to see how fast the work has been advanced," said Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the IOC's Coordination Commission for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Verbruggen made the remarks after an inspection tour of the construction site of the National Stadium and the National Swimming Center, two major venues for the 2008 Games, in north Beijing.
Beijing kicked off construction of the National Stadium and the National Swimming Center last December, and also broke ground for the shooting range and cycling velodrome.
The Chinese capital has promised to finish construction of its sporting facilities for the 2008 Games at least a year ahead of time so test events could be held during 2007.
Verbruggen, who is here on a three-day inspection of Beijing's progress on preparing for the Games, said he was confident that Beijing would achieve its goals.
"We're very sure that, as it has been promised by BOCOG, the works will be finished by the end of 2006, which is an absolute record," said Verbruggen.
"I don't think there's ever been an Games being ready with their construction so early," he added.
When asked if he could offer Beijing any suggestions on the venue construction, Verbruggen said "I would be ashamed to make any suggestions because everything is perfect so far."
The IOC inspection team, which also includes the IOC Olympic Games executive director Gilbert Felli, is scheduled to hold a meeting with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympics (BOCOG) on Feb 24.