Tang Xiaoquan (C), executive vice
president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX
Olympiad (BOCOG) and president of the Executive Board of China Disabled
Persons' Federation, attends a press conference at the Beijing Olympic
Media Center in Beijing Nov. 21. The preparations for the Beijing 2008
Paralympics are progressing smoothly, according to Tang. (Xinhua
BEIJING, Nov. 22 -- The preparations for the Beijing 2008
Paralympics are progressing smoothly, according to Tang Xiaoquan, executive vice
president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
(BOCOG) and president of the Executive Board of China Disabled Persons'
Some 4,000 athletes from over 150 countries and
regions are expected to compete in 20 sports and 472 events in Beijing from
Sept. 6 to 17, 2008, she said Wednesday at a press conference at the Beijing
Olympic Media Center.
The Paralympics will attract about 2,500 coaches and
technical officials, in addition to 4,000 written and photographic journalists
as well as TV broadcasters, she said.
In the area of competition organization, she said,
the schedule for each day has been finalized by the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC) while training courses have been held with the participation of
more than 600 Chinese technical officials, coaches and competition assistants.
In addition, a memorandum of understanding has been signed with 19 international
With regard to the construction of the Paralympic
venues, Tang said, the 20 competition venues, 28 training venues, and the
Paralympc Village have been finalized, and smooth progress is being made in
their construction and in the formation of management teams. All competition and
non-competition venues will be equipped with standard accessible facilities, she
Swissotel has been designated as the Paralympic
Family Hotel, and another 35 hotels in Beijing will be available to the
participants. Catering and medical service suppliers have been designated, and
26 of the Beijing Olympic Partners and Sponsors have joined the Paralympic
marketing program. In addition, more than 100 Paralympic products have gone on
In the volunteer program, over 80 percent of the
730,000 Olympic volunteer applicants will become volunteers for the Paralympics,
and a professional training system has taken shape.
From Sept. 13 to 16, BOCOG successfully held the Good
Luck Beijing goal ball tournament, which was praised by the IPC and the
International Blind Sports Federation. Beijing will host a wheelchair basketball
event in January 2008 and some events for Paralympic athletics in May in
addition to mock tests for other sports, Tang added.
BOCOG has attached great importance to the communication
of the Paralympics, by unveiling the Paralympic emblem, slogan, mascot,
pictograms, torch relay route, and medals on separate occasions.
BOCOG will place a total of 1.5 million tickets for
the Paralympics on sale, and the ticketing program will be launched in the near