The Olympics

The Olympics


News, information and stories about the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and the Olympics in general up until 2007.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

More Drug Tests for 2008 Games

Approximately 4,500 drug tests will be conducted during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This represents a rise of 25%, compared with the 2004 Games in Athens.

Yang Shu'an, the executive vice president of the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG) said:

"As part of its zero tolerance approach to fighting doping, the International Olympic Committee has decided to increase the number of tests by a large amount.

Final numbers are to be confirmed but are expected to be around 4,500, a 25 percent increase on Athens 2004

Beijing is holding an exhibition entitled "The Olympic Movement and Anti-doping Drive" The exhibition highlights a number of drug cases from previous years, and shows a video display of the anti drug test process.

Similar exhibitions will be held in 2007 and 2008 in various parts of China.

Monday, January 15, 2007

China Calls For International Olympic Co-operation

Chinahas called for a better exchange of intelligence information from other countries, in the run up to the 2008 Biejing Olympics.

Specifically the threat of terrorism lloms large.

The Olympic Security Command centre founded an International Liaison Department today, which is to improve co-operation with other nations.

Qiang Wei, chief of the Olympic Security Coordination Group and Beijing's deputy Communist Party chief, said:

"Safe Olympics are a common goal of the international society.

It cannot be achieved without sufficient international security cooperation

The Liaison Department will with the security organisations of other countries and with Interpol.

The Chinese police have established a website,, to inform the public in English, French and Chinese of their work and the security preparations for the Olympics.

Qiang added:

"The present-day world is still far from peaceful.

Olympic Games have been targeted by international terrorist groups. We, therefore, have to be highly alarmed and take pro-active measures in facing every possible threat