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UPDATED: 19:15, November 11, 2005
IOC happy to see Olympic spirit spread beyond Beijing
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has expressed their delight to see the Olympic spirit is being spread outside Beijing, the host city for the 2008 Games.

The IOC Coordination Commission Friday concluded their four-day visit to China, during which they visited for the first time the city of Qingdao, the sailing venue of the Beijing Olympics.

"It is wonderful to see how the Olympic spirit is being spread beyond Beijing into other areas in China," said Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the coordination commission at a press conference.

"It is a great thing to see Qingdao is transforming itself, taking advantage of the power of the Olympics to act as a catalyst for the city development," added Verbruggen.

The coordination commission has held discussions with the local organising commitee of Qingdao and inspected the sailing venue.

Qingdao is one of the five cities outside Beijing that will co-host the Olympic competitions. The other four cities will stage the football premilinaries with the equestrian event to be staged by Hong Kong, China.

Verbruggen also deemed highly of Beijing's preparations for the 2008 Olympics, saying that the IOC is "very, very happy" with the preparatory work in all fields.

"Organising the Olympics is always a big challenge, but for us, there is no doubt that BOCOG (Beijing Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) will be fully meeting the challenge,"said Verbruggen.

During their fifth visit to the host city, the coordination commission held discussions with BOCOG over a wide range of issues, venue construction to services, as well as media operations.

The IOC is so content with Beijing's preparatory work that they saw nothing but green lights in the buildup to the 2008 Olympics.

"As I said during the end of our last meeting, the Games are green, green, full green," he said.

What the IOC Coordination Commission feel satisfied with is not only the high quality of Beijing's preparations, but also the cooperative attitude of the organisers.

"With your cooperation and willingness to listen to whatever advice and express we can pass on and tackle issues at hand, we can look forward to the future cooperation in a positive way," said Kevin Gosper, vice chairman of the coordination commission.

Source: Xinhua


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