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Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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.The "Dancing Beijing" emblem, depicting a Chinese seal inscribed with the character "Jīng" (京), from the name of the host city in the form of a dancing figure.^ The Chinese seal of Dancing Beijing is a promise rooted in honour and trust, character and truth.
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^ The emblem, officially entitled “Chinese Seal – Dancing Beijing”, has a single Chinese character on a traditional red Chinese seal.
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^ Dancing Beijing is the city’s signature.
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Host city Beijing, China
Motto 同一个世界 同一个梦想
(One World, One Dream)
Nations participating 204 NOCs
Athletes participating 11,028[1]
Events 302 in 28 sports
Opening ceremony August 8
Closing ceremony August 24
Officially opened by President Hu Jintao
Athlete's Oath Zhang Yining
Judge's Oath Huang Liping
Olympic Torch Li Ning
Stadium Beijing National Stadium
.This article contains Chinese text. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Chinese characters.^ You may think that you are the best, but to the Chinese- to me, you are not.
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^ You may not copy, download, upload or in any other way reproduce Content, except for creating one copy solely for backup or archival purposes.
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^ You see sir, instead of boycotting the Games of the 29 th Olympiad, we must support the BOGOC to have a more peaceful Summer Games that will create peace & harmony throughout the world….
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.The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, were a major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing, China, from August 8 to August 24, 2008.[a] A total of 11,028 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competed in 302 events in 28 sports, one event more than was on the schedule of the 2004 Games.^ It is hoped that this will make the 2008 Olympic Games a science-and-technology-intensive sports event.
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^ Beijing Olympics 2008 2.2 out of 5 stars ( 5 ) .
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^ What then is the meaning of the Olympics to be hosted in China in 2008?

.Three nations participated in the Olympics for the first time.^ For the first time in nearly 8 decades, the Indian Hockey Team , which has done the nation proud (with 8 Gold medals), failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
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^ There's still three year to go until London will become the first city to host the modern Olympic Games three...
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^ These two teams have met 23 times in the last three seasons, including two First Round playoff series.
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.China became the 22nd nation to host the Olympic Games and the 18th to hold a Summer Olympic Games.^ What then is the meaning of the Olympics to be hosted in China in 2008?

^ Boicot to Olympic´s games in China .
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^ What is more ironic is that the true slavery practitioner will be hosting the Olympic Games in 2008.

.It was the third time that the Summer Olympic Games were held in Asia, after Tokyo, Japan in 1964 and Seoul, South Korea in 1988.^ This is China's coming out party, and, as countless others will note in due course, the equivalent of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, when Japan announced its return to vigor after the devastation of the war along with its arrival as a first-rank economic power.
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^ The 39-year-old motivational speaker will compete in her third different Olympic sport next month at Beijing when she appears in her fourth Games, this time in the modern pentathlon.
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^ The first Olympic Games of the modern era, in 1896, were held in an ancient stadium in Athens that the Greeks refurbished for the occasion.
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.These Games were the third time that Olympic events have been held in the territories of two different NOCs, as the equestrian events were held in Hong Kong.^ To make the Olympic Games a success, we will also actively seek the assistance from the ministries of the State Council, the State General Administration of Sports, other provinces and cities as well as compatriots of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao and overseas Chinese.
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^ It is hoped that this will make the 2008 Olympic Games a science-and-technology-intensive sports event.
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^ These two teams have played 14 times over the last two seasons, including their seven-game series last May.
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.Beijing was awarded the Games over four competitors on July 13, 2001, having won an absolute majority of votes from members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after two rounds of voting.^ Remembering the Beijing Olympic Games 2008!
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^ Beijing Olympics 2008 video game .
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^ Which countries competed in the Beijing Olympic Games?
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.The Government of the People's Republic of China promoted the Games and invested heavily in new facilities and transportation systems.^ If u knew how Tibetans treated other people, you would kno why China put then under their government.
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^ The advanced communications facilities will be built to provide a broadband digital communications system that is reliable, flexible, expandable, reusable, and adaptable to new technologies.
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^ China's athletes, brought up in a disciplined system, probably never were the life of any Games.
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.A total of 37 venues were used to host the events including 12 constructed for use at the Games.^ Olympic venues will be used for the Paralympic Games.
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^ Venues will be built to be safe, comfortable, and good for post-Games use.
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^ Hosting the Olympic Games to improve people's living standard the Olympic Games will give impetus to economic development and urban construction and management, and bring about increasing benefits for the people.
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.The official logo of these Olympic Games, titled "Dancing Beijing", featured a stylised calligraphic character jīng (京, meaning capital), referring to the host city.^ What then is the meaning of the Olympics to be hosted in China in 2008?

^ Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ...
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^ Dancing Beijing is the city’s signature.
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.Media outlets reported unprecedented audience interest in the Games, and these Olympics had the largest television audience in Olympic history.^ All these will constitute a friendly, stable, encouraging and peaceful environment for the Olympic Games.
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^ With a building area of 31,850 square meters, it occupies the largest surface area of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games venues.
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^ The success of what China has built for the Olympics will ultimately be measured not by how these buildings look during the Games but by the kind of change they bring about in the city.
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.There were 43 new world records and 132 new Olympic records set.^ After she created the world and Olympic record, she kissed her husband and hugged her father.
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^ Olympics 2008 Javelin Throw Event With this Olympics proving to have loads of new World Records and Olympic Records, will the Javelin Throw provide one too?
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^ Not only are there Olympic pigs , here is news about Olympic vegetables.
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.An unprecedented 86 countries won at least one medal during the Games.^ Six countries won their first ever Olympic medals: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Mauritius, Sudan, Tajikistan and Togo.
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^ So, even though they've won nine of their last 10 games, one off night could do a lot of damage.
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^ Iceland was the least populous country to win an Olympic medal.
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.Chinese athletes won the most gold medals, with 51, and 100 medals altogether, while the United States had the most medals total with 110. Michael Phelps broke the records for most gold medals in one Olympics and for most career gold medals for an Olympian by winning eight swimming events.^ United States 110 China 100 Russia 72 .
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^ By the end of the week, Phelps could break the record for most career gold medals by any Olympic athlete ever, summer or winter.
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^ Winning the Olympic gold is the highest peak that any athlete could ever achieved...
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.Usain Bolt secured the traditional title of "World's Fastest Man" by setting new world records in the 100 metres (330 ft) and 200 metres (660 ft) sprints.^ Tonight, the title of "World's Fastest Man" is at stake in the 100m final.
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^ First Brent Hayden, the reigning world champion in the 100-metre freestyle, failed to qualify for the final.
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^ Swimming Men’s 200 metre butterfly – Rehan Poncha Men’s 100 meter breaststroke – Finals (On Qualification) Sandeep Sejwal Men’s 200 metre freestyle -(On Qualification) Virdhawal Khade .
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.The choice of China as a host country was a subject of criticism by some politicians and non-governmental organizations concerned about China's human rights record.^ Thus, some human rights advocates now are looking at China.
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^ How about the human rights violators?

^ Human rights, as a concept, have become a constitutional principle, a mainstream subject in the political life of both the Party and the state,” it quoted Dong Yunhu, vice president of the China Human Rights Research Association, as saying.
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.China and others, meanwhile, warned against politicizing the Olympics.^ He said that the Olympicmovement is based on "non-politicalization," and that China's "consistent stance is that irrelevant issues should not be linked to the Beijing Olympic games."
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^ All About Olympic Canoe Kayak - Go Canada - Ok I am Bias :) In the canoe-kayak flatwater races paddlers race against each other in straight, marked lanes.
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^ The Chinese Communist Party continually warns the world that no one should politicize the Olympics based on its major human rights violation in China.

.At the closing ceremony IOC president Jacques Rogge declared the event a "truly exceptional Games" after earlier asserting that the IOC had "absolutely no regrets" in choosing Beijing to host the 2008 Games.^ Beijing Olympic Games closing ceremony, why it ends so quickly?
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^ ET: IOC boss Jacques Rogge declares the Beijing Olympics “truly exceptional.” Way to go out on a limb, sir.
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^ Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ...
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Contents

Organization

Bid

2008 Summer Olympics bidding results
City NOC Round 1 Round 2
Beijing People's Republic of China China 44 56
Toronto Canada Canada 20 22
Paris France France 15 18
Istanbul Turkey Turkey 17 9
Osaka Japan Japan 6
.Beijing was elected as the host city on July 13, 2001, during the 112th IOC Session in Moscow, defeating Toronto, Paris, Istanbul, and Osaka.^ The billions of dollars spent on the Olympic site, after all, are only a fraction of the money that has been invested in construction in Beijing since the Games were awarded to the city, in 2001.
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^ Setting up Supervision and Auditing Mechnisms Thanks to the leadership of the Party Central Committee and the State Council and with the strong support of all the Chinese people and our foreign friends, On July 13, 2001¡ê?Beijing was awarded the right to host the 2008 Olympic Games.
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^ Events and activities centring on the Olympic Games will be planned and organized for them, in accordance with the related regulations in the IOC Host City Contract.
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.Prior to the session, five other cities (Bangkok, Cairo, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, and Seville) submitted bids to the IOC but failed to make the short list chosen by the IOC Executive Committee in 2000. After the first round of voting, Beijing held a significant lead over the other four candidates.^ China persuaded the International Olympic Committee to award Beijing the 2008 Olympic Games -- marking the first time in more than 20 years that the Games will be held under an authoritarian government.
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^ In August 2000, the Green Olympic Action Plan was signed jointly by Beijing Olympic Bidding Committee, the relevant municipal authorities and more than 20 environmental NGO¡¯s.
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^ The Beijing Spring Long-distance Running Event, International Long-distance Running Festival, the Beijing Marathon and other traditional sports events shall continue to be held as always.
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Osaka received only six votes and was eliminated. .In the second round, Beijing was supported by an absolute majority of voters, eliminating the need for subsequent rounds.^ Meanwhile, the "Beijing 2-4-8 Major Innovation Project" will turn its focus to "scientific Olympics", giving stronger support to the High-tech Olympic construction.
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^ Women's 52kg preliminaries, second-chance rounds, University of Science and Technology Beijing, noon-4:30 p.m.
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^ Men's 73kg final second-chance rounds, bronze medal, gold medal, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 6-7:30 p.m.
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.Members of the IOC did not disclose their votes, but news reports speculated that broad international support led to China's selection, especially from developing nations who had received assistance from China in the construction of stadiums.^ Of the 5 venues outside Beijing, the Qingdao International Sailing Center, Tianjin Stadium, and Qinhuangdao Stadium will be newly constructed while Shenyang Wulihe Stadium and Shanghai Stadium are existing ones to be renovated.
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^ The "Students for a Free Tibet", an international organization has sent its members to China to protest against China's invasion and occupation of Tibet several times this year.

^ As the economy in China has flourished, an ever growing number of highly educated group of citizens who believe that political reform in China has significantly lagged behind it economic development.

.The size of China, its increased enforcement of doping controls, and sympathy concerning its loss of the 2000 Summer Olympics to Sydney were all factors in the decision.^ Consolidating doping-control doping control technologies will be further improved, new technology developed, and doping testing ability raised, so as to satisfy the needs for doping control during the Olympic Games.
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^ The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the 29th Olympiad, are an international multi-sport event, which will be held in Beijing, the capital of China from August 8 to August 24, 2008.
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^ He plans to ride the bike all over China to promote the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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[4] .Eight years earlier, Beijing led every round of voting for the 2000 Summer Olympics, but lost in the final round to Sydney by two votes.^ The USA Men's Soccer team returns to the Olympics for the first time in eight years against Japan LIVE on MSNBC. Team USA last faced Japan at the Olympics in Sydney, where the Americans won on penalties in the quarterfinal round on the way to their fourth-place finish, their best ever in a full Olympic tournament.
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^ Now that China is prosperous and powerful it is suffering from a major headache less than a year before the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
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^ The final diving competition of the Beijing Olympics, the men's 10m platform, is perhaps the most wide open.
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.Human rights concerns expressed by Amnesty International and politicians in both Europe and the United States were considered by the delegates, according to IOC Executive Director François Carrard.^ If the Olympics no longer respects human rights and human value, should it be considered as an event for human beings at all?

^ He has also implied that Human Rights problems in China is some "politics" that he and his association will not consider because they are "apolitical"!

^ It is not the U.S. or Japan, or the pro-human-right international organizations, or environmentalist around the world, or the collapsing foreign policy.

.Carrard and others suggested that the selection might lead to improvements in human rights in China.^ In China, human right is a problem, but have you thought about the minorities that are living well.
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^ He has also implied that Human Rights problems in China is some "politics" that he and his association will not consider because they are "apolitical"!

^ Boycott Beijing Olympics for Chinese pro-Democratic, human rights activists in China.

.In addition, a number of IOC delegates who had formerly been athletes expressed concern about heat and air quality during the Games.^ First we crib about why India is not winning medals and talk about number of officials vis-a-vis athletes.
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^ The success of what China has built for the Olympics will ultimately be measured not by how these buildings look during the Games but by the kind of change they bring about in the city.
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^ The function rooms, air conditioning, heating, rain drainage, sound systems and electricity have all been substantially enhanced to fully meet the requirements the Olympic Games.
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.China outlined plans to address these environmental concerns in its bid application.^ Achieving Green Olympics have been taken as guiding principle of this sub-plan, which is targeted at building a sound ecosystem for the city while fulfilling environmental commitments made in the bid.
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Costs

Olympic rings.svg 2008 Summer Olympics
IOC · COC · SF&OCHK · BOCOG
.On March 6, 2009 the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games reported that total spending on the games was "generally as much as that of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games", which was about $15 billion, and that surplus revenues from the Olympic Games would exceed the original target of $16 billion.^ Information about the Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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^ Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ...
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^ Olympics Information about the Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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[6] .Other sources, however, estimated that approximately $40 billion had been spent on the Games, which would make it the most expensive Olympic Games by a wide margin.^ To make the Olympic Games a success, we will also actively seek the assistance from the ministries of the State Council, the State General Administration of Sports, other provinces and cities as well as compatriots of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao and overseas Chinese.
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^ It is hoped that this will make the 2008 Olympic Games a science-and-technology-intensive sports event.
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^ The billions of dollars spent on the Olympic site, after all, are only a fraction of the money that has been invested in construction in Beijing since the Games were awarded to the city, in 2001.
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Venues

.By May 2007, construction of all 31 Beijing-based Olympic Games venues had begun.^ Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ...
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^ Olympic venues will be used for the Paralympic Games.
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^ Remembering the Beijing Olympic Games 2008!
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[9] .The Chinese government also invested in the renovation and construction of six venues outside Beijing as well as 59 training centres.^ Of the 5 venues outside Beijing, the Qingdao International Sailing Center, Tianjin Stadium, and Qinhuangdao Stadium will be newly constructed while Shenyang Wulihe Stadium and Shanghai Stadium are existing ones to be renovated.
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^ The central government supported ecological restoration and conservation around Beijing-Tianjin and in the northern China as a whole is very well progressed.
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^ Of the 31 competition venues in Beijing, 11 are new ones, 11 are existing venues which need renovating or expanding and nine are temporary venues.
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.The largest architectural pieces to be built for the games were the Beijing National Stadium, Beijing National Indoor Stadium, Beijing National Aquatics Center, Olympic Green Convention Center, Olympic Green, and Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center.^ The Softball Field is a part of the Beijing Fengtai Sports Center, about five kilometers from the Beijing West Railway Station and close to the Western Fourth Ring road.
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^ Constructing modern cultural facilities to provide more cultural facilities during the Olympic Games, the Grand National Theatre will be constructed and the National Library, the Chinese Gallery of Fine Arts, the Chinese Museum of Science and Technology, the Capital Museum will be expanded.
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^ It will serve as a public sports center after the Olympic Games.
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.Almost 85% of the construction budget for the six main venues was funded by $2.1 billion (RMB¥17.4 billion) in corporate bids and tenders.^ Resources Conservation To be water and energy efficient constitutes the main guideline in the Olympic venue construction and activities.
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^ The venue has a capacity of 17,400 seats, including 10,000 seats in the main court; 4,000 seats in the No.
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.Investments were expected from corporations seeking ownership rights after the 2008 Summer Olympics.^ Why should anyone, except for some irresponsible corporations, support the Olympics to hosted by a human-right-violating, world-peace-disrespecting communist dictatorship?

^ Description Stories leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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^ The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the 29th Olympiad, are an international multi-sport event, which will be held in Beijing, the capital of China from August 8 to August 24, 2008.
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[10] .Some events were held outside Beijing, namely football in Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Tianjin; sailing in Qingdao; and, because of the "uncertainties of equine diseases and major difficulties in establishing a disease-free zone", the equestrian events were held in Hong Kong.^ Among the competition venues, 31 are located in Beijing and six in other cities, including a sailing center in Qingdao, football venues in the cities of Tianjin, Shenyang, Shanghai and Qinhuangdao and equestrian Venues in Hong Kong.
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^ Of the 5 venues outside Beijing, the Qingdao International Sailing Center, Tianjin Stadium, and Qinhuangdao Stadium will be newly constructed while Shenyang Wulihe Stadium and Shanghai Stadium are existing ones to be renovated.
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^ And yet the Chinese Communist Party has been politicizing the Olympics by calling a Hong Kong legislator who openly does not support Beijing Olympics a "Sneaky Traitor of the Han".

[11]
The Beijing National Stadium, dubbed "The Bird's Nest"
.The centrepiece of the 2008 Summer Olympics was the Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed "The Bird's Nest" because of its nest-like skeletal structure.^ Information about the Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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^ Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ...
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^ Olympics Information about the Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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.The stadium hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics competition.^ The Stadium's reputation spread far and wide, as it was host to a number of international competitions, as well as opening and closing ceremonies for several major sports events.
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^ Every effort will be used to make the opening and closing ceremonies into a set of most colorful and distinctive cultural celebrations.
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^ Did you watch the Opening and Closing Ceremonies where all of these countries mar...
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[12] .Construction of the venue began on December 24, 2003. The Guangdong Olympic Stadium was originally planned, constructed, and completed in 2001 to help host the Games, but a decision was then made to construct a new stadium in Beijing.^ It will host the track cycling venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
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^ Of the 5 venues outside Beijing, the Qingdao International Sailing Center, Tianjin Stadium, and Qinhuangdao Stadium will be newly constructed while Shenyang Wulihe Stadium and Shanghai Stadium are existing ones to be renovated.
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^ Life is a Thrill » Blog Archive » Beijing Olympic Logo Explained… said on 24-10-2007 .
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[13] .In 2001, the city held a bidding process to select the best arena design.^ (II) Olympic Cultural Festival Starting from 2003, a "Beijing Olympic Cultural Festival" will be held annually from June 23rd, the International Olympic Day, to July 13th, the day when Beijing succeeded in its Olympic bid in 2001.
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.Several criteria were required of each design, including the ability for post-Olympics use, a retractable roof, and low maintenance costs.^ The Olympic Green Tennis Court was designed for a "Green Olympics" and reflects this concept through a number of cost and energy-saving technologies that include natural ventilation, heat preservation technology, heat recycling, the use of environment-friendly refrigerants, solar energy, etc.
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^ Venues will be designed to be multi-functional and adaptable for post-Games use.
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^ Improving medical facilities medical facilities to serve the Olympic Games, including the outpatient, emergency and inpatient departments, will be improved; hospital buildings will be built or renovated to meet the requirements of the Paralympic Games.
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[14] The entry list was narrowed to thirteen final designs.[15] .The bird's nest model submitted by architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in collaboration with Li Xinggang of China Architecture Design and Research Group (CADG) was selected as the top design by both a professional panel and by a broader audience during a public exhibition.^ At least two of the buildings on the Olympic Green-the National Stadium, by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, and the National Aquatics Center, by the Australian firm PTW Architects-are as innovative as any architecture on the planet, marvels of imagination and engineering that few countries would have the nerve or the money to attempt.
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^ The cultural activities organized in the preparation and actual holding of the Olympic Games must attract the enthusiastic participation of both the average citizens and top-notch professionals.
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^ The main stadium, to be designed by a large American firm that has had a lock on football and baseball stadiums for years, will be dull compared to the Bird's Nest.
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.The selection of the design became official in April 2003.[14] Construction of the stadium was a joint venture among the original designers, project architect Stefan Marbach, artist Ai Weiwei, and a group of CADG architects led by Li Xinggang.^ The construction of geothermal heating project in Olympic Garden will be completed to serve 0.40 million square meters in the stadiums and gymnasiums for space heating.
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^ "The Bidding Law " shall be further enforced, and the selection of project proprietors and contractors for all the important construction stages, including planning and designing, construction, project management, procurement of equipment and materials, shall be made open for national and international bidding.
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^ When I visited the stadium with Linxi Dong, the architect who heads Herzog and de Meuron's Beijing office, he told me that the construction crew for his project numbered nine thousand at its peak.
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Its $423 million cost was funded by the state-owned corporate conglomerate CITIC and the Beijing State-Owned Assets Management Company.[14][16]

Transport

.
A map of the Olympic venues in Beijing.
^ The Olympic Green, containing 13 venues, will be the center for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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^ Status: 37 venues will be used for Olympic competitions, 32 of which in Beijing and 5 of which outside the city.
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^ The Western Community Area will include 9 venues, among which Wukesong Culture and Sports Center will become a venue for cultural and sports activities in southwest Beijing after the Olympic Games.
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Several expressways encircle the center of the city, providing for quick transportation around the city and between venues.
.To prepare for Olympic visitors, Beijing's transportation infrastructure was expanded significantly.^ Part of power supply for the Olympic Green will come from wind mill out of Beijing, the potential of building local (3) Clean Transportation The city¡¯s existing public transportation system will be expanded to provide transportation service for the Games.
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^ Visitors to Beijing Olympics put off by higher costs and tighter security .
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^ Special programs depicting Beijing's progress in its preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games and its residents' enthusiastic participation and earnest yearnings will be filmed and shown on television.
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.Beijing's airport underwent a major renovation with the addition of the new Terminal 3, the world's largest airport terminal, designed by renowned architect Norman Foster.^ Of the 31 competition venues in Beijing, 11 are new ones, 11 are existing venues which need renovating or expanding and nine are temporary venues.
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^ The world's best female cyclists take their street tour of new and old Beijing in the women's road race, finishing at the Great Wall.
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^ After the Olympic Games, the venue will be converted into an attractive, world-class resort for swimming and recreation - the largest of its kind in the northeastern part of Beijing.
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.Within the city itself, Beijing's subway doubled its capacity and overall size, adding an additional 7 lines and 80 stations to the previously existing 4 lines and 64 stations.^ Olympic Subway Line, and the fast rail from Dongzhimen to Beijing Capital International Airport.
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^ Confusion over key Beijing Olympic subway lines .
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^ It is just 800 meters from the Bajiao Amusement Park stop of Beijing Subway Line 1 and can also be reached via numerous public bus routes.
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Included in this expansion was a new link connecting directly to the city's airport. .Also, a fleet of thousands of buses, minibuses and official cars transported spectators, athletes and officials between venues.^ To ensure that athletes will arrive at the Shunyi venue on time for competitions, and to ensure that spectators will also be able to get to the venues in a time efficient manner, Shunyi District has paved a new road - Baima Lu.
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^ The new road enables athletes to arrive at the venue within 30 minutes, and spectators with tickets can hop on a free shuttle bus from there.
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^ Preferential policies will be formulated to encourage taking public transportation, for example, spectators can enjoy free services on specific bus lines to the competition venues.
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.In an effort to improve air quality, the city placed restrictions on construction sites, gas stations, and on the use of commercial and passenger vehicles in Beijing.^ Creating a favorable environment for cultural tourism to make good use of the tourist resources in Beijing, an overall planning of the city's major tourist sites will be made so as to develop classic tourist products with unique cultural flavors.
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^ By 2005, all the gas stations, main oil storage tanks and the oil refinery enterprises in the city should have installed hermetical oil gas recovery facilities.
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^ "We needed a plan that could accept other civic, cultural, recreational, and commercial uses, so the place would become a major destination," he said.
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[20] From June 20 through September 20, passenger vehicle restrictions were placed on alternate days depending on the terminal digit of the car's license plate. .It was anticipated that this measure would take 45% of Beijing's 3.3 million cars off the streets.^ Heavy weight of doping Scandals take shine off the lifters in Beijing .
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^ The world's best female cyclists take their street tour of new and old Beijing in the women's road race, finishing at the Great Wall.
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^ Measures of rational use of coal With the implementation of the energy mix readjustment plan in Beijing, the total coal consumption will be less than 15 million tons by 2008.
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.The boosted public transport network was expected to absorb the demand created by these restrictions and the influx of visitors, which was estimated at more than 4 million extra passengers per day.^ An elaborate and extensive museum network can be created by integrating the resources of the over 100 museums that already exist in the city, which together have more than two million exhibits on display.
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^ Only three teams turn the ball over more than the Suns, who commit 17.2 turnovers per 100 possessions.
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^ That will create a total of 50 large green lands with more than 1 hectares¡¯ area.
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Marketing

.The 2008 Summer Olympics emblem is known as Dancing Beijing (simplified Chinese: 舞动的北京traditional Chinese: 舞動的北京pinyin: Wǔdòng de Beíjīng).^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ...
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^ Rajyavardhan Rathore has been selected to be India’s flag bearer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.
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.The emblem combines a traditional Chinese red seal and a representation of the calligraphic character jīng (, "national capital", also the second character of Beijing's Chinese name) with athletic features.^ A string of cultural activities worthy of international acclaim and featuring Chinese features and Beijing style will be presented to help enhance Beijing's status as a center of cultural development and international exchange in China.
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^ Construction of the Capital Museum, the Chinese Film Museum, a new Beijing Planetarium, a new BTV compound, the Multimedia Information Center and other municipal cultural facilities will be accelerated.
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^ The building reflects the aesthetics of the traditional Chinese architecture combined with modern functional elements.
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The open arms of the calligraphic word symbolises the invitation from China to the world to share in its culture. IOC president Jacques Rogge was very happy with the emblem, saying, "Your new emblem immediately conveys the awesome beauty and power of China which are embodied in your heritage and your people."[22]
.The slogan for the 2008 Olympics is "One World, One Dream" (simplified Chinese: 同一个世界 同一个梦想traditional Chinese: 同一個世界 同一個夢想pinyin: Tóng Yíge Shìjiè Tóng Yíge Mèngxiǎng.^ One more thing to watch out for is the broadcast of the 2008 Olympics in India.
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^ One more problem is we need to put in the brains of all indians that olympics is just not only sport…its prestige and also it shows the world that we have arrived in the superpower stage… .
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^ This shall be done to demonstrate Beijing's history and traditional culture as well as to provide an Eastern ambience to the 2008 Olympic Games.
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)[23] .The slogan calls upon the whole world to join in the Olympic spirit and build a better future for humanity.^ I mean after all, the Olympics are supposed “to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” Attitudes like this do not contribute to the goal of the Olympics .
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^ Hosting the Olympic Games to promote the opening-up in the preparation for the Games, we will be open in every aspect to the rest of the country and the whole world.
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^ Snooker Premier League Snooker Tournaments Snooker World Championship Futures Props Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Betting, Olympic Odds at Bodog Sportsbook .
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.It was chosen from over 210,000 entries submitted from around the world.^ It attracted entries from ninety-six architects around the world, and was won by a Boston firm, Sasaki Associates.
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[24] .The mascots of Beijing 2008 were the five Fuwa,[25] each representing both a colour of the Olympic rings and a symbol of Chinese culture.^ Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ...
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^ Beijing 2008 Olympic logo .
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^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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Media coverage

.The 2008 Games were the first to be produced and broadcast entirely in high definition (HD) by the host broadcaster.^ There's still three year to go until London will become the first city to host the modern Olympic Games three...
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^ To meet the demands of the Olympic Games and post-Games competitions, the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium has been equipped with a unique multi-color and high-definition LED display system.
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^ The aforementioned technologies that add to a "Green Olympics" also play a role in contributing to a "High-tech Olympics," another concept of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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.In comparison, American broadcaster NBC broadcasted only half of the Turin Winter Games in HD.[26][27] In their bid for the Olympic Games in 2001, Beijing stated to the Olympic Evaluation Commission "that there will be no restrictions on media reporting and movement of journalists up to and including the Olympic Games",[28] although some media outlets claimed that organizers ultimately failed to live up to this commitment.^ Remembering the Beijing Olympic Games 2008!
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^ Which countries competed in the Beijing Olympic Games?
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^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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[c]
.According to Nielsen Media Research, 4.7 billion viewers worldwide tuned in to some of the television coverage, one-fifth larger than the 3.9 billion who watched the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.^ Joyce finished fifth in the event at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens.
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^ The first Olympic Games of the modern era, in 1896, were held in an ancient stadium in Athens that the Greeks refurbished for the occasion.
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^ After the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, countdown clocks for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games shall be installed in the square in front of the Chinese History Museum, at the China Millennium Monument, and at the Capital Airport.
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.February 2010" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] American broadcaster NBC produced only 2 hours of online streaming video for the 2006 Winter Games but produced approximately 2,200 hours of coverage for the 2008 Summer Games.^ NBCU's Olympics coverage features the most live coverage in the United States (nearly 2,900 live hours in total), across the most platforms, of any Summer Olympics in history when the Games of the XXIX Olympiad commence on Aug.
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^ See videos of Olympic moments, the opening ceremony, tickets to the games, and memorabilia of the Summer 2008 Olympic Games.
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^ Improvement and Operation Phase from July 2006 to the opening of the 2008 Olympic Games.
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For the first time "live online video rights in some markets for the Olympics have been separately negotiated, not part of the overall 'broadcast rights,'"; this new media of the digital economy was growing "nine times faster than the rest of the advertising market".[29]
.Globally, the 2008 Olympics was subject to extensive copyright restriction, which amounted to territorial restrictions whilst still being covered extensively online within various exclusive copyright autarkies.^ In addition, a 2008 Olympic News and Information Plan will be formulated, under which there will be a news briefing system to release information to the press on the progress of preparations being made for the Olympic Games.
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.Thus despite the international nature of the event and the global reach of the internet, the coverage world wide of assorted nation-states and television networks was not readily accessible.^ By 2001, urban and main towns¡¯ green coverage rate increased to 38.8% and city-wide green coverage rate reached 44%.
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^ The Stadium's reputation spread far and wide, as it was host to a number of international competitions, as well as opening and closing ceremonies for several major sports events.
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.There was no global or supranational media coverage.^ There was no hot food in the media room, just sandwiches, salad, cookies and brownies (all good, nonetheless).
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.The international European Broadcasting Union (EBU), for example, provided live coverage and highlights of all arenas only for certain territories on their website, Eurovisionsports.tv.^ Newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations and websites are all to increase foreign language programs or columns.
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^ Businesses in news and publications, in broadcasting and movie-making shall all aggressively expand themselves overseas so as to raise their name recognition on the international markets.
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^ Wade-to-Kobe slam a classic Phelps' 100m fly from underwater Live Highlights Replay Olympics On TV .
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[30] Many national broadcasters likewise restrict online events to their domestic audiences.[31] .The General National Copyright Administration of China announced that "individual (sic) and websites will face fines as high as 100,000 yuan for uploading recordings of Olympic Games video to the internet,"[32] part of an extensive campaign to protect the pertinent intellectual property rights.^ Boicot to Olympic´s games in China .
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^ To make the Olympic Games a success, we will also actively seek the assistance from the ministries of the State Council, the State General Administration of Sports, other provinces and cities as well as compatriots of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao and overseas Chinese.
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^ Enhancing law education On the basis of the "the Fourth Five-year Law Popularization Program", a law education campaign will be initiated, with a stress on the promotion of intellectual property right protection, so as to help the people raise their law-abiding and legal right safeguarding awareness.
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Torch relay

2008 Olympic Torch
.The design of the Olympic Torch was based on traditional scrolls and used a traditional Chinese design known as the "Propitious Clouds" (祥云).^ Principles, Status and locations Basic principles: 1) In planning and designing the venues, we will give full consideration to both the Olympic competitions and post-Games uses.
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.The torch was designed to remain lit in 65 km/h (40 mph) winds, temperatures as low as -40°C and in rain of up to 50 mm (2 in) per hour.^ Once the torch was lit, though, it started shaping up as one of the biggest disappointments.
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.The relay, with the theme "Journey of Harmony", lasted 130 days and carried the torch 137,000 km (85,000 mi)—the longest distance of any Olympic torch relay since the tradition began at the 1936 Berlin Games.^ Four years later he will try to repeat that feat at his first major championship since the last Olympics.
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^ The Mavs are coming off a big win over the Spurs last night, while the Hornets have had two days off after winning their fifth straight game in Philadelphia on Monday.
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^ The USA Baseball Team plays its first Olympic game since winning gold in 2000 as the Americans take on South Korea.
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[36][37] .The torch relay was called a "public relations disaster" for China by USA Today,[38] with protests of China's human rights record, particularly focused on Tibet.^ In China, the human right it not great, but what about America, and all the other western countries, don’t tell me the government is treating everyone as equal all the time.
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^ In China, human right is a problem, but have you thought about the minorities that are living well.
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^ Should people protest the 2008 Summer Olympics & raise awareness of human rights in China or cheer on our athletes, their efforts & commitment to their chosen sport ?
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.The IOC subsequently barred future Olympics organizers from staging international torch relays.^ In addition, an Olympic Education Website will be set up to promote research and the dissemination of Olympic ideals, and a high-level international Olympic seminar will be organized, as will be an international seminar for sports journalists.
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^ Hosting a series of Olympic-oriented cultural activities the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Torch Relay will be well planned and organized.
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^ Events and activities centring on the Olympic Games will be planned and organized for them, in accordance with the related regulations in the IOC Host City Contract.
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[39]
Route of the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay
The relay began March 24, 2008, in Olympia, Greece. From there, it traveled across Greece to Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, and then to Beijing, arriving on March 31. From Beijing, the torch followed a route passing through every continent except Antarctica. .The torch visited cities on the Silk Road, symbolizing ancient links between China and the rest of the world.^ Dancing Beijing is a symbol of the city’s promise to make the Games a success and to be unlike any the world has known.
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^ This will allow for comprehensive publicity covering both China and the rest of the world.
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^ The greatest cyclists in the world take to the streets of Beijing in the men's road race, an event that provides the perfect introduction to the Olympic city.
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A total of 21,880 torchbearers were selected from around the world by various organizations and entities.[40]
The international portion of the relay was problematic. The month-long world tour encountered wide-scale protests. After trouble in London where protesters made several attempts to put out the flame, the torch was extinguished in Paris the following day.[41] The American leg in San Francisco on April 9 was altered without prior warning to avoid such scenes, although there were still demonstrations along the original route.[42] The relay was further delayed and simplified after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake hit western China.[43]
The flame was carried to the top of Mount Everest[40] on a 108 km (67 mi) long "highway" scaling the Tibetan side of the mountain especially built for the relay. The $19.7 million blacktop project spanned from Tingri County of Xigazê Prefecture to the Everest Base Camp.[44] .In 2008 March, China banned mountaineers from climbing its side of Mount Everest and later persuaded the Nepalese government to close their side as well, officially citing environmental concerns.^ The central government supported ecological restoration and conservation around Beijing-Tianjin and in the northern China as a whole is very well progressed.
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^ China's official Environmental Monitoring Centre said the air quality had improved to level one - "excellent" on its scale of five - on Monday and Tuesday.
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^ The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the 29th Olympiad, are an international multi-sport event, which will be held in Beijing, the capital of China from August 8 to August 24, 2008.
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[45] .It also reflected concerns by the Chinese government that Tibet activists may try to disrupt its plans to carry the Olympic torch up the world's tallest peak.^ By the way, do you know how the Chinese government “designed” the official Beijin Olympic games logo?
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^ In May, the government dissolved the National Olympic Committee.
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^ They have to because they are America’s last hope of snatching the gold-medal count from their Chinese hosts and maintaining their standing as champions of the Olympic world.
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[46]
The originally proposed route would have taken the torch through Taipei after leaving Vietnam and before heading for Hong Kong. .The government of Taiwan (then led by the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party), however, objected to this proposal, claiming that this route would make the portion of the relay in Taiwan appear to be part of the torch's domestic journey through China, rather than a leg on the international route.^ With above progresses, a working mechanism led by the municipal government, supervised collectively by the environmental departments, managed by different departments and participated by the general public has been formed.
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^ (III) Tourism Promotion Effective marketing shall be achieved in part through cooperation with both international and domestic partners.
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^ More damaging, however, would be her lack of contributions in relay duty.
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[47] .This dispute as well as demands that the flag of the Republic of China and the National Anthem of the Republic of China be banned along the route led the government of Taiwan to reject the proposal that it be part of the relay route, and the two sides of the Taiwan Strait subsequently blamed each other for injecting politics into the event.^ Its very emotional to see the indian flag above Chinas flag and the national anthem in the backgroung.
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^ To watch the Indian flag being hoisted and everyone standing to honour India’s National Anthem was simply superb!
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^ Besides training and competition for the China's national team, the field can also hold international and national athletic events; football and seven-a-side-rugby games, comprehensive sports meets of enterprises and public institutions as well as universities and middle schools.
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[48]

Calendar

.In the following calendar for the 2008 Olympic Games, each blue box represents an event competition, such as a qualification round, on that day.^ Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ...
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^ Remembering the Beijing Olympic Games 2008!
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^ The Olympics is such an inspiring event!
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.The yellow boxes represent days during which medal-awarding finals for a sport were held.^ The traditional Olympic sport of Track & Field begins this day, featuring the men's shot put, where Team USA has several medal threats.
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^ This could be a golden day for Team USA in women's team sports live on USA. First, the USA Softball Team is expected to play for its fourth - and perhaps final- Olympic gold medal (softball has been removed from the Olympic program beginning in 2012).
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^ It is located in Mapo Village in the Shunyi District in Beijing.During the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, 32 gold medals will be awarded at the venue.
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Each bullet in these boxes is an event final, the number of bullets per box representing the number of finals that were contested on that day. .On the left the calendar lists each sport with events held during the Games, and at the right how many gold medals were won in that sport.^ How many list items to show?
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^ How many have won Olympic medals?
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^ It is hoped that this will make the 2008 Olympic Games a science-and-technology-intensive sports event.
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There is a key at the top of the calendar to aid the reader.[49]
 ●  Opening ceremony     Event competitions  ●  Event finals     Exhibition gala  ●  Closing ceremony
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Archery       4
Athletics 47
Badminton             5
Baseball                 1
Basketball                             2
Boxing                           11
Canoeing 16
Cycling   18
Diving           8
Equestrian 6
Fencing 10
Field hockey                         2
Football (soccer)                       2
Gymnastics 18
Handball                             2
Judo 14
Modern pentathlon 2
Rowing             14
Sailing               11
Shooting 15
Softball                 1
Swimming   34
Synchronized swimming 2
Table tennis               4
Taekwondo 8
Tennis             4
Triathlon 2
Volleyball                         4
Water polo                         2
Weightlifting 15
Wrestling 18
Total gold medals 7 14 13 19 17 15 18 27 37 18 20 11 21 21 32 12 302
Cumulative Total 7 21 34 53 70 85 103 130 167 185 205 216 237 258 290 302
Ceremonies
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Games

Opening ceremony

.The opening ceremony officially began at 8:00 pm China Standard Time (UTC+8) on August 8, 2008 in the Beijing National Stadium.^ The opening ceremony will be telecast live from 5.30 PM Indian time.
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^ Says: August 7th, 2008 at 6:00 pm @AR .
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^ Says: August 13th, 2008 at 11:01 pm @Cruiser .
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[50][51] .The number 8 is associated with prosperity and confidence in Chinese culture, and here it was a triple eight for the date and one extra for time (close to 08:08:08 pm).^ The Chinese are starting at 8.08 PM on 08/08/08 ] .
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^ Culture is one of the most important underpinnings of the Olympics in modern times.
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[52] The ceremony was co-directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou and Chinese choreographer Zhang Jigang[53] and featured a cast of over 15,000 performers.[54] The ceremony lasted over four hours and was reported to have cost over US$100 million to produce.[55]
A rich assembly of ancient Chinese art and culture dominated the ceremony. It opened with the beating of Fou drums for the countdown. Subsequently, a giant scroll was unveiled and became the show's centerpiece. .The official song of the 2008 Olympics, titled "You and Me", was performed by Britain's Sarah Brightman and China's Liu Huan, on a large spinning rendition of the globe.^ Is the Indian Olympic Association ( IOA ) afraid that the athletes will not be able to find their way around China without the officials assistance?
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^ There's no bigger Olympic star in China than hurdler Liu Xiang, the reigning Olympic and world champion in the 110m hurdles.
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^ China's diving queen Guo Jingjing will strive for perfection at the Water Cube as she attempts to defend her Olympic title in the women's 3m springboard final.
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[56] .The last recipient in the Olympic Torch relay, former Chinese gymnast Li Ning ignited the cauldron, after being suspended into the air by wires and completing a lap of the National Stadium at Stadium roof height in the air.^ The construction of geothermal heating project in Olympic Garden will be completed to serve 0.40 million square meters in the stadiums and gymnasiums for space heating.
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^ By completion of the Olympic Green, the surrounding environment of these relics will be substantially improved and the local landscape should be fully integrated into the Olympic facilities.
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^ The moment China has prepared for since being awarded the Games in 2001 arrives with the Opening Ceremony, to be held in the spectacular Beijing National Stadium.
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[57]
.The opening ceremony was lauded by spectators and various international presses as spectacular and spellbinding.^ The moment China has prepared for since being awarded the Games in 2001 arrives with the Opening Ceremony, to be held in the spectacular Beijing National Stadium.
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[58] Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the XXIX Olympiad, called the ceremony "a grand, unprecedented success."[59]

Sports

.
Inside Beijing National Stadium during the Games.
^ Promoting the modernization of Beijing as well as the rest of the country we aim at maximizing the positive impacts of the Olympic Games on national economic development and accelerating the modernization drive of the country.
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^ Venues for religious activities will be well planned and distributed during the Olympic Games to provide convenience for the athletes of different religions and nationalities.
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Olympic torch in background.
.The program for the Beijing Games was quite similar to that of the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens.^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ Besides, we will initiate a Beijing Olympic Culture Festival to display the Chinese people's boundless enthusiasm for Olympics, and some classic cultural events, such as the annual Beijing International Music Festival and the New Year Concert, will be on the list of the Cultural Programs for the celebration of the Olympic Games.
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^ After the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, countdown clocks for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games shall be installed in the square in front of the Chinese History Museum, at the China Millennium Monument, and at the Capital Airport.
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.There were 28 sports and 302 events at the 2008 Games.^ It is hoped that this will make the 2008 Olympic Games a science-and-technology-intensive sports event.
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^ While aiming at participating in all the sports and more events at the 2008 Olympic Games, we will make efforts for a breakthrough in the total number of gold medals and a noticeable improvement in the overall strength of China's sports.
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^ In addition, a 2008 Olympic News and Information Plan will be formulated, under which there will be a news briefing system to release information to the press on the progress of preparations being made for the Olympic Games.
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.Nine new events were held, including two from the new cycling discipline of BMX.^ BMX racing is one of the new events at the Olympics - an all-out, full-contact, eight-man race through a twisting course with plenty of jumps.
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^ Here's your first, live look at one of the Olympics new events, BMX racing.
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.Women competed in the 3000 metre steeplechase for the first time.^ The womens' team sabre event will be held for the first time at the Olympics and Team USA should be a factor.
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.Open water swimming events for men and women, over the distance of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), were added to the swimming discipline.^ Note: LIVE Swimming Semifinals Men's 100 breaststroke & Women's 100m Butterfly 12:30 a.m.
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^ Equestrian, being held in Hong Kong, is the only sport where men and women can face off in every event.
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^ Note: LIVE Swimming Semifinals Men's 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke & Women's 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke .
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.Team events (men and women) in table tennis replaced the doubles events.^ Men's & Women's Table Tennis Men's & Women's Tennis Women's Weightlifting - 69kg Men's Weightlifting - 77kg .
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^ Team sport competitions near their conclusion with medals at stake in men's soccer and women's field hockey plus semifinal action in baseball, men's volleyball and men's handball.
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^ Men’s Doubles tennis competition – Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes Women’s Singles tennis competition – Sania Mirza vs I Benesova(Czech Republic) Women’s Doubles tennis competition – Sania Mirza and Sunitha Rao .
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[60] .In fencing, women's team foil and women's team sabre replaced men's team foil and women's team épée.^ Team sport competitions near their conclusion with medals at stake in men's soccer and women's field hockey plus semifinal action in baseball, men's volleyball and men's handball.
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^ American fencers Rebecca Ward, Sada Jacobson and 2004 gold medalist Mariel Zagunis each has a chance to reach the podium in Team USA's strongest individual fencing event, the women's individual sabre.
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^ Men's Taekwondo - 58kg Gold Medal Finals, 68kg Competition Women's Taekwondo - 49kg Gold Medal Finals, 51 kg Competition Men's Modern Pentathlon - Shooting, Fencing .
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[d] .Two sports were open only to men, baseball and boxing, while one sport and one discipline were open only to women, softball and synchronized swimming.^ Maybe baseball and softball can re-enter or may be golf, or just one.
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^ Team sport competitions near their conclusion with medals at stake in men's soccer and women's field hockey plus semifinal action in baseball, men's volleyball and men's handball.
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^ One more problem is we need to put in the brains of all indians that olympics is just not only sport…its prestige and also it shows the world that we have arrived in the superpower stage… .
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.Equestrian is the only sport in which men and women compete together in the same events.^ Team sport competitions near their conclusion with medals at stake in men's soccer and women's field hockey plus semifinal action in baseball, men's volleyball and men's handball.
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^ Equestrian, being held in Hong Kong, is the only sport where men and women can face off in every event.
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^ Women's Weightlifting - 53kg, 58kg Competition Men's Weightlifting - 56kg, 62kg Competition Equestrian - Cross Country .
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[61][62]
.In 2006, the Beijing Organizing Committee released pictograms of 35 Olympic disciplines (for some multi-discipline sports, such as cycling, a single pictogram was released).^ Besides, we will initiate a Beijing Olympic Culture Festival to display the Chinese people's boundless enthusiasm for Olympics, and some classic cultural events, such as the annual Beijing International Music Festival and the New Year Concert, will be on the list of the Cultural Programs for the celebration of the Olympic Games.
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^ (I) Organization and Leadership Under the leadership of the Party's Beijing Committee, the Beijing municipal government and the State General Administration of Sports, a coordinating committee has been set up for the development of the Olympics-related cultural environment.
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^ II. Development of Olympic Venues and Related Facilities The venues and related facilities for the 2008 Olympic Games will be designed and constructed in accordance with the technical requirements of the International Olympic Committee and the International Sports Federations and in line with China's national conditions and Beijing's actual development.
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[63][64] This set of sport icons is named the beauty of seal characters, because of each pictogram's likeness to Chinese seal script.
.The following were the 28 sports to be contested at these Games.^ All these are part of the post-Games, multi-operational transformation of the National Olympic Sports Center Stadium.
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^ New York Times sports writer Greg Bishop notes two of his favorite oddities at these Games...
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^ Some 205 nations will be participating in the Beijing games, with approximately 10,500 athletes competing in 302 events within 28 sports.
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.The number of events contested in each sport is indicated in parentheses (in sports with more than one discipline, as identified by the IOC,[65] these are also specified).^ One more problem is we need to put in the brains of all indians that olympics is just not only sport…its prestige and also it shows the world that we have arrived in the superpower stage… .
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^ More than politicians I blame the Indian public, the majority of whose sports interest stretch only to cricket.
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^ Because all Sporting/Gaming Events are higher than the boundaries that are present.
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  • Canoeing
    • Slalom (4)
    • Flatwater (12)
  • Cycling
    • BMX (2)
    • Road (4)
    • Track (10)
    • Mountain Bike (2)
  • Equestrian
    • Dressage (2)
    • Eventing (2)
    • Jumping (2)
.In addition to the official Olympic sports, the Beijing Organising Committee was given special dispensation by the IOC to run a wushu competition in parallel to the Games.^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ It is hoped that this will make the 2008 Olympic Games a science-and-technology-intensive sports event.
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^ It will serve as a public sports center after the Olympic Games.
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.The Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008 saw 128 athletes from 43 countries participate, with medals awarded in 15 separate events; however, these were not to be added to the official medal tally since Wushu was not on the programme of the 2008 Olympic Games.^ So below is the list of India athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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^ These are the Indian participants at the 2008 Olympics to watch out for: .
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^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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Closing ceremony

.The 2008 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony concluded the Beijing Games on August 24, 2008. It began at 8:00pm China Standard Time (UTC+8), and took place at the Beijing National Stadium.^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ It is hoped that this will make the 2008 Olympic Games a science-and-technology-intensive sports event.
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^ Construction of information application system in full compliance with the requirement of the IOC, we will provide the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games with state-of-the-art soft wares and hard wares for information, timing, scoring and result processing systems.
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.The Ceremony included the handover of the Games from Beijing to London.^ At the Closing Ceremony, it's celebration time for the athletes, and the torch will be passed to London for the 2012 Summer Games.
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^ The moment China has prepared for since being awarded the Games in 2001 arrives with the Opening Ceremony, to be held in the spectacular Beijing National Stadium.
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.Guo Jinlong, the Mayor of Beijing handed over the Olympic flag to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, followed by a performance organized by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ The cultural activities organized in the preparation and actual holding of the Olympic Games must attract the enthusiastic participation of both the average citizens and top-notch professionals.
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^ Developing the tertiary industry the tertiary industry constitutes the mainstay of the Beijing's economy and will play a direct and important role with regard to the services for the Olympic Games.
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This presentation included performances by guitarist Jimmy Page, and recording artist Leona Lewis. Footballer David Beckham was also featured during London's presentation.[67]

Medal table

.
The reverse side of the medals of the 2008 Summer Olympics: silver (left), gold (center), bronze (right).
^ By the end of the week, Phelps could break the record for most career gold medals by any Olympic athlete ever, summer or winter.
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^ Gold is at stake in women's water polo for the third time in Olympic history, and Team USA, led by Brenda Villa, could be looking to add one to its collection after winning silver in 2000 and bronze in 2004.
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^ In Men's Basketball, defending Olympic champion Team Argentina look to continue their quest for a second Olympic gold medal.
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Each medal has a ring of jade.
.Athletes from 86 countries won medals, 54 of which won gold medals, both setting new records for Olympic Games.^ How many have won Olympic medals?
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^ For the first time in nearly 8 decades, the Indian Hockey Team , which has done the nation proud (with 8 Gold medals), failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
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^ They are trying to see INDIA’s name in the list of HOST countries of Olympics ( I am not against it) rather than seeing INDIA’s name in MEDAL list (this should be priority).
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[68][69] .118 participating countries did not win a medal.^ Winning medals in the olympics is a matter of great pride for any country.
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.Athletes from China won 51 gold medals, the most of any nation at these Olympics, becoming the first nation other than the United States and Russia to do so since the 1936 Summer Olympics.^ South Africa's Natalie du Toit, whose leg was amputated following an accident, is the first athlete to qualify for the Olympics and Paralympics.
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^ The first gold medal awarded at this Olympics will be either shooting's women's air rifle final or weightlifting's women's flyweight final, and whichever event it is, host nation China is heavily favored to capture the first gold medal at the Beijing Games.
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^ By the end of the week, Phelps could break the record for most career gold medals by any Olympic athlete ever, summer or winter.
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[68] .Athletes from the United States won the most total medals, with 110.[69] Afghanistan,[70] Mauritius,[71] Sudan,[72] Tajikistan,[73] and Togo[74] won their first Olympic medals.^ First, what does Olympic medal brings?
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^ How many have won Olympic medals?
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^ South Africa's Natalie du Toit, whose leg was amputated following an accident, is the first athlete to qualify for the Olympics and Paralympics.
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.Athletes from Mongolia (which previously held the record for most medals without a gold),[75] and Panama[76] won their nation's first gold medals.^ First we crib about why India is not winning medals and talk about number of officials vis-a-vis athletes.
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^ For the first time in nearly 8 decades, the Indian Hockey Team , which has done the nation proud (with 8 Gold medals), failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
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^ On the first day of the Olympics, the Czech Republic’s Katerina Emmons won the first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics.
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.An athlete from Serbia won its first medal under that name, having previously won medals as part of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro.^ First we crib about why India is not winning medals and talk about number of officials vis-a-vis athletes.
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^ On the first day of the Olympics, the Czech Republic’s Katerina Emmons won the first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics.
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^ If you calculate the medals won by him in the previous olympics and the medals he is going to win in this olympic and compare it for India’s medal tally from 1928.
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[77]
.The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below.^ Main clean energy projects The main clean energy projects listed below are aimed to contribute to the Olympic Games, for which investment is required between 2002 and 2007.
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The host nation, China, is highlighted.[69]
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China (CHN) 51 21 28 100
2  United States (USA) 36 38 36 110
3  Russia (RUS) 23 21 28 72
4  Great Britain (GBR) 19 13 15 47
5  Germany (GER) 16 10 15 41
6  Australia (AUS) 14 15 17 46
7  South Korea (KOR) 13 10 8 31
8  Japan (JPN) 9 6 10 25
9  Italy (ITA) 8 9 10 27
10  France (FRA) 7 16 18 41

Participation

Participating nations
Team sizes
.All but one of the 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that existed as of 2008 participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics, the exception being Brunei.^ II. Development of Olympic Venues and Related Facilities The venues and related facilities for the 2008 Olympic Games will be designed and constructed in accordance with the technical requirements of the International Olympic Committee and the International Sports Federations and in line with China's national conditions and Beijing's actual development.
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^ Strategic Principles a) Encouraging the whole nation to participate in the preparation for the Olympic Games we will make the Olympic Games a great event shared by the whole nation in order to promote the development of all the provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions.
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^ Special programs depicting Beijing's progress in its preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games and its residents' enthusiastic participation and earnest yearnings will be filmed and shown on television.
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[78] .Three countries participated in the Olympic Games for their first time: the Marshall Islands, Montenegro and Tuvalu.^ The cultural activities organized in the preparation and actual holding of the Olympic Games must attract the enthusiastic participation of both the average citizens and top-notch professionals.
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^ Public Participation The moral, science and cultural level, and law awareness of the citizens and the extent of their participation in the Olympic Movement are of direct significance to the success of the Beijing Olympic Games.
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^ Special programs depicting Beijing's progress in its preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games and its residents' enthusiastic participation and earnest yearnings will be filmed and shown on television.
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[79] .The Marshall Islands and Tuvalu gained National Olympic Committee status in 2006 and 2007 respectively, and 2008 was the first games in which they were eligible to participate.^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ All of these will provide favorable conditions for the further socioeconomic and urban development of Beijing and the first class urban transportation services for the Olympic Games as well.
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^ Public Participation The moral, science and cultural level, and law awareness of the citizens and the extent of their participation in the Olympic Movement are of direct significance to the success of the Beijing Olympic Games.
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[80][81] The states of Serbia and Montenegro, which participated at the 2004 Games jointly as Serbia and Montenegro, competed separately for the first time. The Montenegrin Olympic Committee was accepted as a new National Olympic Committee in 2007.[81] Neighboring Kosovo, however, did not participate. .After the declaration of independence in Kosovo, the IOC specified requirements that Kosovo needs to meet before being recognised by the IOC; most notably, it has to be recognised as independent by the United Nations.^ Residential areas equipped with insufficient sports facilities shall have to meet the requirements before 2008.
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[82] China and the United States had the largest teams, with 639 for China and 596 for the United States.[83][84]
.More than 100 sovereigns, heads of state and heads of government as well as 170 Ministers of Sport attended the Beijing Olympic Games.^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ To make the Olympic Games a success, we will also actively seek the assistance from the ministries of the State Council, the State General Administration of Sports, other provinces and cities as well as compatriots of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao and overseas Chinese.
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^ It is hoped that this will make the 2008 Olympic Games a science-and-technology-intensive sports event.
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List of Participating NOCs
Below is a list of all the participating NOCs (the number of competitors per delegation is indicated in brackets)

National participation changes

TPE's flag.
.As in Olympics Games since 1984, athletes from the Republic of China (Taiwan) competed at the 2008 Games as Chinese Taipei (TPE)[87] under the Chinese Taipei Olympic flag and using the National Banner Song as their official anthem.^ Olympic venues will be used for the Paralympic Games.
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^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ To make the Olympic Games a success, we will also actively seek the assistance from the ministries of the State Council, the State General Administration of Sports, other provinces and cities as well as compatriots of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao and overseas Chinese.
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.The participation of Taiwan was briefly in doubt because of disagreements over the name of their team in the Chinese language and concerns about Taiwan marching in the Opening Ceremony next to the special administrative region of Hong Kong.^ To make the Olympic Games a success, we will also actively seek the assistance from the ministries of the State Council, the State General Administration of Sports, other provinces and cities as well as compatriots of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao and overseas Chinese.
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A compromise on the naming was reached, and Taiwan was referred to during the games as Chinese Taipei rather than China Taipei. In addition, the Central African Republic was placed between Chinese Taipei and the Special Administrative Regions during the march of nations.[88]
.Starting in 2005, North Korea and South Korea held meetings to discuss the possibility of sending a united team to the 2008 Olympics.^ The USA Baseball Team plays its first Olympic game since winning gold in 2000 as the Americans take on South Korea.
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^ Starting from 2005, a section on "Learning the Chinese Language" can be added to the publicity materials the Olympic organizing committee sends overseas.
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^ Team USA is back in the Olympic baseball tournament, and now faces the Olympic host nation, where America's national pastime is starting to show signs of rapid growth.
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[89][90] The proposal failed, because of disagreements about how athletes would be chosen; North Korea was demanding a certain percentage representation for its athletes. .A subsequent attempt to broker an agreement for the two nations to walk together during the March of Nations failed as well, despite their having done so during the 2000 and 2004 Games.^ Commercial streets will be established to offer more shopping facilities for tourists as well as athletes during the Olympic Games.
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^ Promoting the modernization of Beijing as well as the rest of the country we aim at maximizing the positive impacts of the Olympic Games on national economic development and accelerating the modernization drive of the country.
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^ Four years after failing to qualify for the Athens Games, the USA Baseball Team is back in the Olympics, looking to recapture its gold medal-winning form of 2000.
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[91]
On July 24, 2008, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Iraq from competing in the 2008 Olympic Summer Games because of "political interference by the government in sports."[92][93] On July 29, the IOC reversed its decision and allowed the nation to compete after a pledge by Iraq to ensure "the independence of its national Olympics panel" by instituting fair elections before the end of November. In the meantime, Iraq's Olympic Organisation was run by "an interim committee proposed by its national sports federations and approved by the IOC."[94]
.Brunei Darussalam was due to take part in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ It is hoped that this will make the 2008 Olympic Games a science-and-technology-intensive sports event.
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^ This shall be done to demonstrate Beijing's history and traditional culture as well as to provide an Eastern ambience to the 2008 Olympic Games.
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However, they were disqualified on August 8, having failed to register either of their two athletes.[95] The IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau said in a statement that "it is a great shame and very sad for the athletes who lose out because of the decision by their team not to register them. .The IOC tried up until the last minute, midday Friday August 8, 2008, the day of the official opening, to have them register, but to no avail."^ FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 - DAY 14 .
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^ FRIDAY. AUGUST 15 - DAY 7 NBC and NBC HD .
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[96] Brunei's Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports issued a press release stating that their decision not to participate was due to an injury to one of their athletes.[97]
.Georgia announced on August 9, 2008 that it was considering withdrawing from the Beijing Olympic Games because of the military conflict in South Ossetia, but it went on to compete while the conflict was still ongoing.^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ The USA Baseball Team plays its first Olympic game since winning gold in 2000 as the Americans take on South Korea.
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^ Iowa's Doug Schwab and Missouri's Ben Askren, each making their Olympic debut in Beijing, hope to compete for medals in freestyle wrestling.
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[98]

Participation of athletes with disabilities

.South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, whose left leg was amputated following a motor scooter accident, qualified to compete at the Beijing Olympics.^ South Africa's Natalie du Toit, whose leg was amputated following an accident, is the first athlete to qualify for the Olympics and Paralympics.
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^ Iowa's Doug Schwab and Missouri's Ben Askren, each making their Olympic debut in Beijing, hope to compete for medals in freestyle wrestling.
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The five time gold medalist at the Athens Paralympics in 2004, made history by becoming the first amputee to qualify for the Olympic Games since Olivér Halassy in 1936. She was able to compete in the Olympics rather than the Paralympics because she does not use a prosthetic leg while swimming.[99] .Polish athlete Natalia Partyka, who was born without a right forearm, competed in Table Tennis in both the 2008 Olympic Games and 2008 Paralympic Games.^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ South Africa's Natalie du Toit, whose leg was amputated following an accident, is the first athlete to qualify for the Olympics and Paralympics.
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^ China is the world's preeminent table tennis power, and the table tennis venue in Beijing is likely to be one of the loudest locations at the 2008 Games.
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[100]

Concerns and controversies

The banner reads: "Human Rights Abuse Cannot Co-exist with Beijing Olympics", picture taken during the opening of the Human Rights Torch Relay event
A variety of concerns over the Games, or China's hosting of the Games, had been expressed by various entities; including allegations that China violated its pledge to allow open media access,[101] various alleged human rights violations,[102][103][104] its continuous support of repressive regimes (such as Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Sudan, and North Korea), air pollution in both the city of Beijing and in neighbouring areas,[105][106] proposed boycotts,[107][108] warnings of the possibility that the Beijing Olympics could be targeted by terrorist groups,[109] potentially violent disruption from pro-Tibetan protesters,[110] and religious persecutions.[111]
.There were allegations that some members of China's women's gymnastics team were too young to compete under the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique's rules for Olympic eligibility.^ Watch for a gymnastics showdown between the Americans and the Chinese as Team USA will try to win the women's team gold medal that eluded them in Athens.
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^ The Olympics begin on MSNBC with LIVE coverage of the reigning Olympic champion USA Women's Soccer team taking on Norway.
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^ The USA Softball Team has its sights set on a fourth straight Olympic gold, and tonight faces China.
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[112] .On August 21, the IOC ordered a probe into the legal ages of double gold medal winning gymnast He Kexin and her teammates.^ He could win his eighth gold medal of the Games, surpassing the single-Games record of seven set by Mark Spitz in 1972.
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^ It is the only night where he could potentially win two gold medals - and he set world records and won both swims at the 2007 World Championships.
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^ Watch for a gymnastics showdown between the Americans and the Chinese as Team USA will try to win the women's team gold medal that eluded them in Athens.
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[113] After a five-and-a-half week investigation, the Chinese gymnasts were deemed eligible to compete and the original results were allowed to stand.[114]
.In the lead-up to the Olympics, the government allegedly issued guidelines to the local media for their reporting during the Games: most political issues not directly related to the games were to be downplayed; topics such as pro-Tibetan independence and East Turkestan movements were not to be reported on, as were food safety issues such as "cancer-causing mineral water."^ During the Olympic Games, please consult NBCOlympics.com for the most complete daily listings.
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^ The tennis competition heats up as some of the game's top stars chase Olympic gold in the women's singles and men's doubles finals.
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^ It's perhaps the most anticipated and compelling event of any Olympic Games - the women's all-around gold medal final-and it's live in primetime.
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[115] .As the 2008 Chinese milk scandal broke in September 2008, there was widespread speculation that China's desire for a perfect Games may have been a factor contributing towards the delayed recall of contaminated infant formula.^ China is the world's preeminent table tennis power, and the table tennis venue in Beijing is likely to be one of the loudest locations at the 2008 Games.
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[116][117]

Legacy

.The 2008 Olympic Games have been generally accepted by the world's media as a logistical success.^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ China is the world's preeminent table tennis power, and the table tennis venue in Beijing is likely to be one of the loudest locations at the 2008 Games.
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[118][119] Contrary to fears before the game, no terrorists struck Beijing; no athlete protested at the podium, and the air quality was not as bad as many had feared beforehand.[120][121]
.For the Chinese government, the Olympic events, as well as the medals won by Chinese athletes, were a great source of national pride.^ The first gold medal awarded at this Olympics will be either shooting's women's air rifle final or weightlifting's women's flyweight final, and whichever event it is, host nation China is heavily favored to capture the first gold medal at the Beijing Games.
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^ By the end of the week, Phelps could break the record for most career gold medals by any Olympic athlete ever, summer or winter.
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^ Team USA has won a team dressage medal in each of the past four Olympics and should challenge again in Beijing.
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It was seen as a symbol of a symbol of China's pride and place in the world, while protests against the relay that occurred overseas were presented in the state media as the attempt of foreigners to deny the Chinese people that place.[122] The Olympics seem to have also bolstered some domestic support for the Chinese government, and support for the policies of the Communist Party of China, giving rise to concerns that the state will possibly have more leverage to disperse dissent, at least momentarily.[123] .It is also believed that the number of gold medals won at the Olympics helped the pro-Beijing party (DAB) win at Hong Kong legislative election, 2008, in which the DAB remained the largest party.^ BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES .
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^ The first gold medal awarded at this Olympics will be either shooting's women's air rifle final or weightlifting's women's flyweight final, and whichever event it is, host nation China is heavily favored to capture the first gold medal at the Beijing Games.
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^ By the end of the week, Phelps could break the record for most career gold medals by any Olympic athlete ever, summer or winter.
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In the days before the election, a number of Chinese gold medalists visited Hong Kong to rally support behind the DAB, although some analysts had expected larger gains as a result of this than actually occurred.[124]
.The long-term economic impact of the games on China and Beijing in particular is not yet clear.^ China is the world's preeminent table tennis power, and the table tennis venue in Beijing is likely to be one of the loudest locations at the 2008 Games.
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^ The moment China has prepared for since being awarded the Games in 2001 arrives with the Opening Ceremony, to be held in the spectacular Beijing National Stadium.
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Some sectors of the economy may have benefited from the influx of tourists, and other sectors such as manufacturing lost revenue because of plant closings related to the government's efforts to improve air quality. It is generally expected by economists that there will be no lasting effects on the city's economy from the games.[125]

See also

Notes and references

Notes
  • a Although the games officially began on August 8, 2008, the first football games were held on August 6.
  • b The other two instances were the 1956 games, where the equestrian events were hosted in Stockholm, Sweden, because of strict Australian quarantine rules, and the other events were hosted in Melbourne, Australia; and the 1920 games which were hosted in Antwerp, Belgium, but the final two races of the 12 ft dinghy event in sailing were held in the Netherlands.
  • d The fencing programme included six individual events and four team events, though the team events were a different set than were held in 2004. .The International Fencing Federation's rules call for events not held in the previous Games to receive automatic selection and for at least one team event in each weapon to be held.^ Team USA won medals in Athens in both the individual and team eventing competitions, held on this night.
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    ^ China, which won the world team title in 2006 and finished second to the USA in 2007, is expected to be the top threat to Team USA in one of the highest profile USA-China showdowns at the Games.
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    ^ In the men's team final, a Davis Cup-style event, the loaded Chinese team will be the prohibitive favorite to win gold in one of the host country's favorite national sports.
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    Voting is conducted to determine the fourth event. In 2004, the three men's team events and the women's épée were held. .Thus, in 2008, the women's foil and sabre events and men's épée were automatically selected.^ Equestrian, being held in Hong Kong, is the only sport where men and women can face off in every event.
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    ^ The womens' team sabre event will be held for the first time at the Olympics and Team USA should be a factor.
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    ^ Women's Fencing - Team Sabre Competition & Gold Medal Final Men's Fencing - Team Epee Competition .
    • Beijing Olympics schedule 9 February 2010 12:51 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: News]

    .Men's sabre was chosen over foil by a 45–20 vote.^ Women's Fencing - Individual Foil (Semifinals & Gold Medal Final) Men's Fencing - Individual Sabre Competition .
    • Beijing Olympics schedule 9 February 2010 12:51 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: News]

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Preceded by
Athens
Summer Olympic Games
Beijing

XXIX Olympiad (2008)
Succeeded by
London

Simple English

Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Host city Beijing, China
Nations participating 205 NOCs
Athletes participating 10,500 (approx.)[1]
Events 302 in 28 sports
Opening ceremony August 8
Closing ceremony August 24
Officially opened by President Hu Jintao
Athlete's Oath Zhang Yining
Judge's Oath Huang Liping
Olympic Torch Li Ning
Stadium Beijing National Stadium

The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, were celebrated in Beijing, People's Republic of China from August 8 to August 24. The opening ceremony began at 08:08:08 pm CST (12:08:08 UTC) at the Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, People's Republic of China. During the games, 10,500 athletes will be competing in 302 events in 28 sports. This is one event more than what was on the schedule of the 2004 games.

[[File:|The Opening Ceremony from the 2008 Olympic games|thumb|left]]

The Olympic games were awarded to Beijing after a vote of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on July 13, 2001. The official logo of the games, titled "Dancing Beijing," features a stylised calligraphic character jīng (京, meaning capital), meaning the host city. The mascots of Beijing 2008 are the five Fuwa, each representing both a colour of the Olympic rings and a symbol of Chinese culture. The Olympic slogan, One World, One Dream, calls upon the world to unite in the Olympic spirit. Several new NOCs have also been recognised by the IOC.

The Chinese government used the games to promote China as an important and powerful country, and spent a lot of money on building new facilities and transportation systems for the games.[2][3] The events were held in 37 places, including 12 newly-built buildings. In 2007, former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch said that he thinks that the Beijing games will be "the best in Olympic history".[4] Although there was been some controversy about having the games in China, the IOC's current president Jacques Rogge says that the IOC has "absolutely no regrets" in choosing Beijing to host the 2008 games.[5]

Medal table

At the end of the Olympics, China won the total gold medal count, while the United States led the grand total medal count.[6]

Here is the top of the medal table at the end of the games.[6]

Medal numbers shown in bold are the highest in their section. China, the host nation is highlighted in lavender.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 File:Flag of the People' China (CHN) 51 21 28 100
2 United States (USA) 36 38 36 110
3 Russia (RUS) 23 21 28 72
4 Great Britain (GBR) 19 13 15 47
5 Germany (GER) 16 10 15 41
6 Australia (AUS) 14 15 17 46
7 South Korea (KOR) 13 10 8 31
8 Japan (JPN) 9 6 10 25
9 Italy (ITA) 8 10 10 28
10 France (FRA) 7 16 17 40

References

Olympic Games
Summer Games: 1896, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, (1916), 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, (1940), (1944), 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028
Winter Games: 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, (1940), (1944), 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
Athens 2004Turin 2006Beijing 2008Vancouver 2010London 2012Sochi 2014Rio 2016

Games in italics will be held in the future, and those in (brackets) were cancelled because of war. See also: Ancient Olympic Games

Youth Olympic Games
Summer Games:2010, 2014, 2018
Winter Games:2012, 2016
Singapore 2010Innsbruck 2012Nanjing 2014


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