Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Beijing apply to host 2008 Summer Olympic Games?

The Olympic Games are celebrated around the world as a big sports gala with great significance of maintaining peace, enhancing friendship and promoting civilization. China, one of the most influential countries in the world, is willing to do its best to promote the Olympic sport. It is the aspiration of both Beijing residents and the Chinese people to share the Olympic spirit, take part in Olympic affairs and host the Olympic Games.

Over the past two decades, China has achieved social stability and economic prosperity through reform, opening up to the outside world and modernization. The national strength of China has increased greatly. Beijing, the capital city of China, is applying to host the Olympic Games on behalf of China as a whole. Through the bidding efforts, Beijing show to the world the future and current state of economic, cultural, social and political development in China in a comprehensive way. In the same time, Beijing will show its new image of an open, modernized, civilized and well-developed metropolis to the rest of the world. Therefore, the bid is beneficial for the development of Beijing. Beijing's renewed efforts to bid for hosting the Olympic Games will not only have significance for sharing the Olympic spirit, celebrating humanity and expanding exchanges between the East and the West, but also provide a good opportunity of showing off our achievements, pushing forward reform and opening and accelerating development.


What are the merits that Beijing has for applying to host Olympic Games?

There are five basic factors for Beijing to be qualified as a host city of the Olympiad:

A. Beijing and China boast great economic strength. As a developing country, China has maintained an annual economic growth of 10.8 percent over the past decade. The country's gross domestic product (ADP) has surged to nearly 1,000 billion U.S. dollars in 1999. Beijing has also shown great potential of economic growth. In 1999, the GDP of the city grew to 2.4 billion U.S. dollars, registering a per capita GDP of more than 2,000 U.S. dollars.

B. China has maintained social stability as it achieved rapid economic growth and raised people's living standards through reform and opening up to the outside world over the past two decades. Beijing boasts one of the lowest crime and traffic death rates among major cities in the world. It also has one of the least occurrence of fires. An efficient public security system guarantees safety and security of any large-scale sports activities in the city.

C. With great achievements in sport, China has developed a prosperous cause of sport. At the previous two Olympic Games, China ranked fourth respectively on the gold medal tallies. Chinese athletes have won 1,298 world champions, setting 1,021 world records. Grass-root sport enjoys great popularity in China, with more than 300 million people participating in sports exercise regularly.

D. Beijing has the experience of hosting many large-scale sport competitions. Over the years, Beijing has been actively taking part in Olympic affairs and international competitions. The city hosted the 11th Asian Games and the 6th Far South Para-Olympics. It has also won the host of the 21st Universiade. These experiences will surely help Beijing to host the Olympic Games.

E. Beijing has the infrastructure and facilities for hosting the Olympiad. The city has modernized infrastructures of telecommunications, transport, accommodation and other services. It also has advanced sports venues. Among the existing 5,000 stadiums in Beijing, eight are able to accommodate 5,000 spectators each, and another 15 can hold 2,000 each. The city is now building a number of state-of-the-art sports venues.


What are the benefits for Beijing to host the Olympic Games?

Through the experiences of the host cities of previous Olympic Games proved that the city greatly accelerated its modernization drive and brought about benefits to other areas of the country. The benefits in Beijing will be in several areas.

First of all, large-scale urban development projects will speed up Beijing's pace to become a modernized metropolis. In order to host 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing is renovating existing sports venues and building many new ones in order to meet the standards of Olympic Games. Meanwhile, it will also start construction and renovation projects of city's airport, railway station, roads, telecommunication systems, news center, Olympic village and supplementary facilities. These projects will push infrastructure construction in the city to a new level.

Secondly, the bid for hosting the Olympics will make Beijing a more beautiful city. As Beijing steps up efforts to protect the ecological environment, the Olympic bid will push the city to integrate sustainable utilization of natural resources into a plan of urban development and infrastructure construction. Through the bidding efforts, the city will not only resolve the existing conflict between urban development and preservation of the ecological environment, bust also lift environmental protection to a new level. In addition to having good climate and rich natural resources, the Olympic bid will help Beijing optimize the utilization of resources and provide a better environment for its citizens.

Thirdly, hosting the Olympic Games will create more job opportunities in Beijing. The large projects to be built for the Olympic Games will greatly push forward the restructuring of industry, stimulate economic growth, create more job opportunities and improve work efficiency. On the other hand, hosting a successful Olympic Games will greatly increase the demand for state-of-the-art technology and products, which in turn will accelerate the development of new technology and products and upgrade local industry.

Fourthly, if Beijing is selected as the host of 2008 Olympic Games, it will become the focal point of worldwide attention. The experience of other host cities prove that the number of visitors to the host city will soar. The surging demand for goods and services will boost the consumption market. At the same time, international business representatives visiting the city will bring about huge opportunities for investment and cooperation in Beijing.

Fifth, the bidding efforts will promote the cultural and ideological progress. The intensive publicity given to the promotion of patriotism and teamwork will enhance the affection of Beijing citizens to the city. The city will usher in a new era of social amity, industriousness and public ethic. More over, the Olympic bid will also spur the expansion of the cultural and entertainment industry in Beijing, creating a new image of Beijing in the world.


Does Beijing meet the environmental requirements
of an Olympic Games host city?

Yes, the Beijing municipal government has achieved remarkable success in improving the country's environment in accordance with international standards in recent years. In 1999, 597 million yuan (72 million US dollars) was invested in a number of ecological friendly urban projects that will make the city's environment much cleaner. The supply of natural gas has reached 700 million cubic meters annually. Forty percent of the city's drainage water and 55.8 percent of its garbage are now treated and recycled. Trees and grassland cover 42 percent of the whole territory of Beijing. This year, the municipal government will make greater efforts to strengthen environmental management in Beijing. First, it will pay more attention to improving air quality, adopting new standards on vehicle emission to lower pollution by cars.

Secondly, it will build green belts between downtown and suburban areas. Over 2,300 hectares of green belts have been built ahead of schedule this year.

Thirdly, it will accelerate the improvement of the bodies of water in the city, harnessing the major rivers and building six outdoor swimming pools.

Fourthly, it will pay more attention to upgrading the disposal of solid waste and controlling industrial pollution. It will begin to carry out a program to move industrial enterprises out of the city.

Fifthly, a large-scale forestation program will be carried out to make the city green and beautiful. Some 1,200,000 trees and 1,000,000 square meters of grass are to be planted to increase the afforested area to 770 hectares in the inner city and 17,700 hectares in suburban areas. From 2003 to 2007, the Beijing municipal government will invest 54 billion yuan (6.5 billion US dollars) to protect and improve the ecological environment. In addition to this amount of money, 46 billion yuan (5.5 billion US dollars) will be spent on environmental protection during 1998-2002. The total investment in environmental protection will reach 100 billion yuan (12 billion US dollars) in the next decade, accounting for more than 4 percent of the GDP of the city. By 2007, the quality of the environment will be greatly improved. Forestation coverage will grow to 50 percent of the territory of the city. All city waste will be disposed of harmlessly, and 90 percent of drainage water will be treated. Polluting industrial enterprises will be moved out of the inner city. By that time, Beijing will become a modernized international city with a beautiful ecological environment. It will easily meet the environmental requirements required from a host city of the Olympic Games.

How was the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Committee established?

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Committee (BOBICO) is an organization in charged of all matters related to Beijing's bid for the 2008 Olympics. Under the approval of the State Council, or the Central Government, BOBICO was established on September 6, 1999.

Its members include officials from the Beijing municipal government, the State General Administration of Sport, departments of the Central Government and the State Council, athletes, personnel from the education, science and culture circles and personages from other social sections. Liu Qi, mayor of Beijing, is the President of BOBICO. Yuan Weimin, president of the China Olympic Committee, is the Executive President. Li Zhijian, vice minister of the State General Administration of Sport, and Liu Jingmin, vice mayor of Beijing, are the Executive Vice Presidents. He Zhenliang, member of the IOC Executive Board, and Wei Jizhong, former vice president of the China Olympic Committee, are Senior Advisors. Lou Dapeng, president of the Chinese Athletic Association, is the Director of Sports. Tu Mingde, secretary-general of the China Olympic Committee, and Wang Wei, deputy secretary-general of the People's Government of Beijing, are Co-Secretary-Generals.

The Leading Organization of BOBICO is the Executive Committee. There are eight subordinate departments: General Office, Research & Analysis Department, External Relations Department, Press & Publicity Department, Sports & Venues Department, Construction & Project Planning Department, Technology Department, Finance & Marketing Department.


What are the "Supporters Group" of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Committee?

Many domestic and foreign companies provide assistance to BOBICO. In order to increase the popularity and competitiveness of Beijing in the Olympic bid, the bid committee organized a"BOBICO Supporters Group". The group is a public organization that coordinates corporate support to Beijing's bid for the 2008 Olympic Games. Through assisting the work of BOBICO, these companies will enjoy opportunities to promote corporate images. The group include hundreds of Chinese and international companies.

What is the motto of Beijing's bid to host 2008 Olympic Games?

Beijing's bid motto is "New Beijing, Great Olympics". It has the following meanings: Reform and opening up to the outside world have brought about great changes in Beijing, a city with a history of 3,000 years. The city has taken on a complete new look as it enters the new century. It will embrace the athletes and friends from the rest of the world with great enthusiasm. The great modern Olympic Movement has gone through many changes in the past 100 years. If the Olympic Games were to be held in China, the most populous nation in the world, it will turn a new page on the Olympics because much more people will share the Olympic spirit and add great splendor to the Olympic Movement in the new millennium.

Beijing's bid motto is "New Beijing, Great Olympics". It has the following meanings: Reform and opening up to the outside world have brought about great changes in Beijing, a city with a history of 3,000 years. The city has taken on a complete new look as it enters the new century. It will embrace the athletes and friends from the rest of the world with great enthusiasm. The great modern Olympic Movement has gone through many changes in the past 100 years. If the Olympic Games were to be held in China, the most populous nation in the world, it will turn a new page on the Olympics because much more people will share the Olympic spirit and add great splendor to the Olympic Movement in the new millennium.

What is the emblem of Beijing's bid?

The emblem of Beijing's bid for hosting the 2008 Olympic Games has the same colors of the Olympic rings. It looks like a"Chinese Hearts'Unit,"also known as"Chinese Knot", a traditional handicraft. It also resembles a person doing Taiji shadow boxing. The graceful, harmonious and dynamic design of the emblem symbolizes unity, cooperation, exchange and development of the people all over the world.

Where will the Olympic Park be located?

The Olympic Park to be built is called"Olympic Green". The Olympic Green will be located at the northern tip of the central axis of Beijing, to the north of downtown area and to the east of a district renowned for science, education and historical relics.

Covering a total area of 1,215 hectares, the Olympic Green consists of 760 hectares of woods and grassland, a 50-hectare Chinese Nationalities Museum and a 405-hectare International Exhibition and Sports Center. The Olympic Green will become a state-of-the-art center of cultural, creational and sports activities in Beijing. The Olympic Green also include an area of sports venues. In the area, an 80,000-seat main stadium and 15 other sports venues are now under construction. Upon completion, they will be able to host 12 major sports competitions simultaneously, including track and field events. The International Exhibition and Sports Center will also be built in this area. The design of the Olympic Green has taken into consideration requirements of environmental protection. It uses environment-friendly materials, energy economical equipment and reproducible resources so as to preserve the ecological environment. It has well-established cultural and exhibition facilities.

What are the rules for the bid cities?

The executive board of the IOC declared the host city election procedures for the 2008 Olympic Games in Lausanne from April 18 to 20. According to the new procedures, Beijing has to successfully pass two stages as a bid city and a candidate city before being accepted as a host city.

The time frame for a bid city is from February 1 , 2000 to the end of the August 2000. During this period, all the cities that apply to host the 2008 Olympic Games are bid applicants. They have to answer IOC's 22 questions and submit their questionnaires to the executive board of the IOC before June 20, 2000.

From June 22 to July 10, the IOC will invite some experts to study the questionnaires and give them scores. On September 28 and 29, 2000, the IOC will vote for the candidate cities. Meanwhile, an appraisal committee will be set up.

The stage for a candidate city competing for the host city is from September 1 2000, to July 15, 2001. During this period, the appraisal committee will work on evaluating the qualifications of the candidate cities. On December 2000, the candidate cities will give the IOC a 10-minute oral presentation. They will then submit the application report to the IOC before January 17, 2001.

From January 18 to mid June, the related sectors of the IOC and the appraisal committee will study the application reports of the candidate cities. From mid February to mid April, the appraisal committee will examine the candidate cities' capabilities in hosting the Games. A report will be submitted by mid May.

The executive board of the IOC will narrow down the candidate cities again before a final decision is made. The IOC assembly will vote for the host city and appraise the findings of the executive board's report in Moscow on July 15, 2001. The IOC also set up some new rules for the bid cities. During the bidding process, the bid cities can not use Olympic marks for international publicity or advertisement, nor send or accept gifts related with the bid. Visits by bid cities to the IOC members and the vice versa are strictly prohibited.

Calendar of Major Events

9 June 1999 -- Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Committee (BOBICO) is established in Beijing.

2 January 2000 -- Logo, motto and website of BOBICO are officially launched.

24 February 2000 -- Meeting between IOC and applying cities, where new bidding procedures and a questionnaire for the applying cities are released.

20 June 2000 - Submission of answers of the questionnaire to IOC.

28-29 August 2000, Lausanne -- Acceptance of Candidate Cities by the IOC Executive Board. The candidate cities are Beijing, Istanbul, Osaka, Paris and Toronto.

1 September 2000 -- IOC sets up the Evaluation Commission to assess the five candidate cities' and their capability to host the Games.

9 September 2000 - Chinese President Jiang Zemin writes to IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch to express the Chinese Government's support to Beijing's bid.

13 September 2000, Sydney -- Drawing of lots by the IOC Executive Board to determine order of Candidate City presentations, etc. 15 September - 1 October 2000, Sydney -- Games of the XXVII Olympiad, 2000. China wins 28 gold medals and ranks third on the medal tally.

25 September 2000, Sydney -- Information meeting between the IOC and the Candidate Cities.

6 September 2000 -- Signature of the Candidature Procedure. 13 December 2000, Lausanne -- Ten-minute presentation by each of the Candidate Cities to the IOC Executive Board.

17 January 2001 -- Submission of Candidature File to the IOC. Mid-February to mid-April 2001 -- Visits of the IOC Evaluation Commission to the Candidate Cities.

20-25 February 2001 -- IOC Evaluation Commission visits Beijing, to inspect the city's capacities to host an Olympic Games.

15 May 2001 -- Report of IOC Evaluation Commission to the Executive Board. Beijing's bid is appraised as "excellent." The report says that Beijing would stage an "excellent Olympic Games." Designation by the IOC Executive Board of Candidate Cities to be submitted to the IOC Session for election.

13 July 2001, 112th IOC Session, Moscow -- Election of the Host City of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008.

Address of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Committee

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Committee
Xinqiao Hotel Dongjiaominxiang No.2
Beijing, China PC 100004

Tel: 8610-65282009

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