The 2008 Olympics Report
The Beijing municipal government continued its work to fulfill its promise of delivering in 2008 "one of the best Olympic Games in history" as work began on infrastructure construction in the nation's capital, including 142 major projects involving some 180 billion yuan such as express transportation networks, environmental protection and the construction of communications network. Beijing mayor Wang Qishan in January 2004 announced that between 2003 to 2006 most Olympic projects should be completed, while the period from 2007 until the opening of the Games will be for testing and fine-tuning. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympics ("BOCOG") is in charge of construction of all the 20 competition venues to be built for the 2008 Olympics, except for the Beijing Shooting Range and Laoshan Cycling Velodrome, which will be built by the State Physical Culture Administration. The administration also will build a total of 33 training venues and renovate six old ones, including the Capital Gymnasium and Olympic Stadium. More than 50 journalists from nearly 30 foreign media in April 2004 toured construction sites of the National Stadium and National Swimming Center for the 2008 Olympic Games.
To prepare for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and better adapt itself to the development of the international paralympic movement, the China Disabled Persons Sports Association ("CDPSA") was renamed the Chinese Paralympic Committee as of April 1, 2004. This was a major decision made by the 3rd National Congress of the China Disabled Persons Sports Association, China Sports Association of the Deaf and China Sports Association for the Mentally Retarded held in Beijing on April 1. In the meantime, the latter two organizations were renamed China Paralympic Committee for the Deaf and Special Olympics China respectively.
China's largest computer maker Lenovo in April 2004 joined the International Olympic Committee ("IOC") to become an official business partner of the Olympic Games. Lenovo will provide the IOC with US$65 million and become major supplier of IT equipment for the Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy, in 2006 and the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. In return, Lenovo can use the logo of IOC's worldwide partners to promote its brand and sales in the global market during its four-year tenure.