(ATR) Sources tell Around the Rings that PR firm Hill and Knowlton is the likely winner of the contest to handle international public relations for the 2008 Games. The contract is believed to be worth millions over the next two and a half years.
The giant firm, based in New York, was said to be the choice in part due to its extensive worldwide operations. Edged out of race at the finish line was a proposal from Weber Shandwick.
Officials from BOCOG and Hill and Knowlton said they could not confirm that a deal had been struck, but indicate that an announcement could be coming.
Hill and Knowlton has ties to Beijing from work on the bid, as well as the firm's experience working with the IOC through the Salt Lake City scandal, from 1998 through the early part of this decade.Medals Design Deadline March 26
Design proposals for the Beijing medals will be accepted until March 26. The contest opened in January.
Designers are "advised that their works should highlight the themes of "glory and dream" and "faster, higher and stronger", and be the material vehicles to disseminate the Olympic ideals and the concepts of the Beijing Games and to showcase China's arts, designs and scientific and technological development" says the BOCOG web site.
Forms and other requirements can be found at www.beijing2008.com.Main Press Center Design
Proposals for the interior design of the Main Media Center will be accepted through March 28. Details on the project at www.bjinvest.gov.cn or www.chinabidding.com.cn.Jobs Open at BOCOG, Chinese Nationals Only
BOCOG is advertising openings for 180 staff positions, including 120 management jobs and 60 specialized technical posts.
The jobs are open to all Chinese nationals i
ncluding those Chinese studying abroad. The application deadline is March 30.
BOCOG also says 13 jobs are open at the Qingdao Sailing Sub-Committee, details at www.sailing2008.com.Tennis Groundbreaking
Ground will be broken this week for the tennis center for the Beijing Games. The tennis venue will be a permanent one,located on the edge of the Olympic Ring in northern Beijing.The earlier edition of this story reported that the venue would be a temporary one. But the Interntational Tennis Federation says Beijing officials informed them last year that despite a change in locations for for Olympic tennis from the bid, a legacy venue for tennis would still be built. However, the Beijing 2008 website still lists the tennis center as a temporary venue.Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.