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  • IOC Team Leaves Hong Kong for Beijing Visit


    Olympic Games director Gilbert Felli, permanent secretary for home affairs (Hong Kong) Carrie Yau, commission chairman Hein Verbruggen and Hong Kong NOC president Timothy Fok review Hong Kong's Olympic preparations.  
    (ATR) The IOC Coordination Commission will open three days of meetings in Beijing Tuesday following the group’s first visit to Hong Kong for an inspection of the facilities for the equestrian events in the 2008 Games.

    Led by chairman Hein Verbruggen, Coordination Commission members toured Olympic Village accommodations at the Royal Park Hotel. Next stop was the Sheung Sui equestrian venue – a 5.7 kilometer cross-country course created on the site of a country club and adjacent golf club. The venue tour ended at Sha Tin racecourse, site of the main stable complex and the jumping and dressage competitions.

    Also on Monday, the IOC delegation met with Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Carrie Yau and the president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, Timothy Fok, to hear about the city's Olympic promotion and equestrian preparations.

    The Beijing portion of the visit for the 17-member commission includes briefings on operational issues and a tour of Olympic venues, from Oct. 23 to 25.

    Commission vice president Kevan Gosper was in Beijing earlier this month for the 2nd World
    During the equestrian test event at Sha Tin in August, Jacques Rogge predicted "absolutely fabulous" competition. (Getty Images)  
    Press Briefing, where he praised BOCOG's construction progress.

    This is the group’s second trip to Beijing this year. The commission has one more scheduled prior to the Games. That visit is set for Jan. 29 to 31.

    The end of this Coordination Commission visit coincides with the Seventh World Conference on Sport and the Environment, also in Beijing. Organized by the IOC, BOCOG, and the U.N. Environment Programme, the three-day forum brings together sport and environmental stakeholders to discuss policy and research, and to review the Olympic Movement's environmental record since the last meeting in Nairobi in 2005.

    Watch for on the scene coverage from Beijing, all this week.

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