Beijing, Aug 4 : Amid weather forecast of heavy rains and thunderstorm on August 8, Beijing is praying to the Rain Gods not to play a spoilsport on the Opening Ceremony this Friday.
Deputy Director of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, Wang Jianjie reportedly told media persons last evening in Beijing that contingency plans have been made to reduce, delay or even bring forward the rainfall before it reaches Beijing’s National Stadium, where the ceremony is slated to be held. Read more »
Beijing - Some 100,000 taxi drivers began plying Beijing's roads in smart new yellow shirts and striped ties on Saturday, in one of the latest efforts by the government to spruce up the city's image for the Olympics.
Each driver received two pairs of trousers, two shirts and a tie from his or her company, the China Daily newspaper said. Read more »
Beijing - The International Olympic Committee said on Saturday it will not look into a possible age limit violation of Chinese gymnast He Kexin.
The question arose after the New York Times last week, citing Chinese documents available on the internet, said that He and Jiang Yuyuan may only be 14 and not 16 which is the age limit at the Games in the sport for the past 11 years. Read more »
Beijing - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Saturday dismissed an application by Azerbaijan to be allowed to participate in the women's Olympic field hockey tournament.
The Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee (ANOC) had requested CAS for urgent preliminary measures to allow the country's team to participate at the Olympics at the expense of Spain. Read more »
Beijing - The International Olympic Committee on Saturday promoted the four applicants Harbin (China), Innsbruck (Austria), Kuopia (Finland) and Lillehammer
(Norway) to official candidate cities for the first winter Youth Olympic Games. Read more »
Beijing - All recording devices are prohibited at the dress rehearsals for the August 8 opening of the Beijing Olympics in the wake of footage from a previous test run being leaked onto the internet.
The organizing committee BOCOG said on Saturday that cameras, video cameras and recording equipment on mobile phones are prohibited for the two rehearsals, later in the day and on Tuesday.
BOCOG said that "any information leaked to the public about the opening ceremony will be dealt with severely." Read more »
Beijing - The United States was on Saturday finally stripped of the men's 4x400 metres relay gold medal from the 2000 Olympics in the wake of doping confessions by relay team member Antonio Pettigrew.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board made the decision at meetings ahead of the Beijing Games, but did not immediately re-allocate the medals.
Pettigrew, who was in the Sydney 2000 relay along with Michael Johnson and the Harrison brothers Alvin and Calvin, recently admitted to have used forbidden substances from 1997 onwards. Read more »
Beijing - Chinese organizers and not the International Olympic Committee were to blame for this week's internet controversy around blocked websites at the Beijing Games, the IOC's media director Kevan Gosper said on Saturday.
"I was very unhappy on Tuesday. Censorship was being applied. It was clarified at the most senior level," Gosper told a news conference. Read more »
Beijing - Chinese Olympic officials have promised the 2008 Games will be "clean" with a radical new procedure being used to prevent doping, Wu Moutian, deputy director of the Chinese Anti-doping Agency, said on Thursday.
The largest Olympic doping testing station ever will be set up in the Olympic Village with the central laboratory able to test for 200 internationally forbidden substances.
"Every one positive will be announced," said Wu. Read more »
Beijing - Undeterred by international protests against internet censorship for journalists at the Beijing Olympic Games, China's organizers Thursday insisted their hardline measures would remain in force.
Banned websites were not accessible because they violated Chinese laws, Sun Weide, spokesman of the Chinese organization committee BOCOG, said Thursday. Read more »