Promising IOC Co-ordination Commission Visit To Beijing
Areas discussed during the meetings included sport, budget, transport, communications and marketing. The Commission also visited of some of the future Olympic and Paralympic venues.
The Commission is made up of 17 persons, including International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Phil Craven. It observes and advises on the progress of the Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee (BOCOG).
“Teamwork has been the essence of the fourth IOC Co-ordination Commission Meeting. Synergies between IOC, BOCOG and IPC were very evident - this bodes well for incredible Paralympic Games in 2008,” said Mr. Craven.
IOC Co-ordination Commission Chairperson Hein Verbruggen stated: “The foundations are being laid for success here, building on solid finances, sound construction and the basis of a very effective organisation.”
Since the election of Beijing as host city in 2001, the IOC Co-ordination Commission has visited annually. From 2005 until the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, visits will take place twice each year, with the next meeting planned for November 2005, during which the Commission plans to visit the Sailing venue in Qingdao. Smaller working group meetings take place on a more regular basis.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the international governing body of sports for athletes with a disability. It supervises and co-ordinates the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games and other multi-disability competitions, of which the most important are World and Regional Championships. The IPC also supports the recruitment and development of athletes and sporting opportunities around the world from grassroots to elite level.