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Beijing 2008

Countdown Beijing: Holiday Over

October 07, 2006

The face of Olympic volunteers: Du Shanshan, 24, worked at the August sailing test event in Qingdao. (ATR) Holiday Test for Olympic CityThe return of holiday-makers to Beijing...

Chinese President Thanks Olympic Workers

October 05, 2006

Chinese President Hu Jintao, in the center, at the National Stadium. (Xinhua) (ATR) Chinese President Hu Jintao this week thanked Olympics construction workers during a visit ...

Countdown Beijing: Friendlies Mark Holiday

September 30, 2006

The Friendlies are drawing crowds as a photo backdrop at Tiananmen Square. (ATR) Friendlies for HolidayGiant versions of the Five Friendlies, the official mascots for the 2008...

Beijing Pledges to Honor Olympics Media Promises

September 27, 2006

BOCOG President Liu Qi. (ATR) (ATR) The president of the Beijing Olympics tells hundreds of journalists from around the world that promises made to the media during the bid fo...

Olympic Press Rules Under Scrutiny in Beijing

September 26, 2006

AP President Tom Curley. (ATR) (ATR) The president of Associated Press tells Around the Rings he remains concerned over possible restrictions on coverage of the Beijing Olympi...

Pre-Olympics Pressure on Human Rights

September 21, 2006

 (ATR) Amnesty International says human rights seem to be deteriorating in China before the Olympics, not improving. The London-based group has sent its latest report to the I...

Beijing Olympic Stadium Takes Big Step

September 17, 2006

An engineer removes one of the last hydraulic jacks supporting the steel skin of the stadium. (BOCOG) (ATR) The new National Stadium being built for the Beijing Olympics now s...

Wave of Volunteers for Beijing Olympics

September 08, 2006

 (ATR) Less than two weeks after the launch of recruitment, more than 150,000 people have registered to become volunteers for the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games.BOC...

Friendly Cow is Beijing Paralympics Mascot

September 06, 2006

 (ATR) A cow named Fu Niu Lele is the mascot for the 2008 Paralympic Games, revealed in a ceremony at the Great Wall on the two-year mark to the Beijing Paralympics. A release...

USA Claims Softball Title at Beijing Olympic Venue

September 05, 2006

Fengtai Sports Complex in west Beijing. (ATR) USA Wins 6th Consecutive ChampionshipAlthough it did not go undefeated, the team from the U.S. is still dominant in women's fast ...

Olympics Chiefs for Beijing, London Meet

September 05, 2006

Tessa Jowell visits Yangfangdian central primary school in Beijing. (BOCOG) (ATR) A source close to London Olympics minister Tessa Jowell tells Around the Rings that her hour-...

IOC Team Checks Olympic Test Events

August 31, 2006

IOC Sports Director Kelly Fairweather at the softball test event. (ATR) A team from the IOC is in China to inspect the two test events for the Beijing Olympics underway this w...