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    Beijing 2008 hosted an event at the Beijing Olympic Media Center to show the prototypes. (Getty Images)  
    Paralympic Gold, Silver, Bronze and Jade

    Beijing today revealed the final prototypes of its 2008 Paralympic medals – each one with a different color jade accent.

    The obverse of the gold is ringed with a white jade disc, silver with grey-white jade and bronze with green jade. Each medal features the 2008 Paralympic logo on the obverse, and the IPC logo on the back with 'Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games' written in English, Mandarin and Braille.

    On hand for the launch was butterfly specialist Wu Qi, who set a world record in the 50m event at the Chinese National Games for the Disabled in May.

    The medals, similar to the Olympic medals unveiled earlier in the year, are the result of a call for designs made in December 2006. Artists and designers from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Academy of Fine Arts at Tsinghua University and the China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation contributed to the final look of the medals. The IPC approved the designs in October.

    TVNZ Gains Internet, Mobile Rights for 2008

    Television New Zealand will add internet and mobile broadcast rights to its 2008 TV broadcast contract under a deal announced by the IOC on Nov. 13.

    "Digital media represents an increasingly important means for communicating the Olympic Games and the Olympic values to the broadest possible audience and we look forward to working with TVNZ to make the Beijing 2008 footage available over the internet and mobile phones in New Zealand," says managing director of IOC television and marketing services Timo Lumme.

    The IOC awarded a similar contract for Hong Kong to i-Cable in August.

    Refurbished Workers' Indoor Arena Fit for Boxing
    The Workers' Indoor Arena now has permanent seating for 12,000 and temporary seats for another 1,000 spectators. (BOCOG)  

    Renovation at the Workers' Indoor Arena in Beijing finishes in time for athletes to try out the upgrades at next week's boxing test event.

    The arena, built in 1961, now has energy-efficient windows, new lighting, and refitted ventilation, electrical and acoustics systems. More seats for journalists and VIPs also were added, as were barrier-free entrances and restrooms.

    The venue will host Olympic boxing and Paralympic judo. The Good Luck Beijing 2007 International Boxing Invitational Tournament runs Nov. 17 – 22.

    Last Chance to Pay for Tickets

    Mainland Olympic ticket buyers have one last chance to pay for tickets awarded in the phase of sales that ended in August.

    There are still some buyers selected in the ticket lottery who have not paid up, according to a BOCOG statement. The original payment deadline was in mid-September.

    If payment is not received by Nov. 23, the applicants forfeit their right to buy.
    Tuesday for Press Conferences

    Beijing 2008 will now hold regular press conferences every Tuesday morning, BOCOG has announced.

    The first Tuesday press conference, on Nov. 13, attracted more reporters than expected and had to be moved to a larger room.

    Written by Maggie Lee

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