Beijing to produce first Olympic impact report in 2010

July 30th, 2008 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 30 (Xinhua) Beijing will be the first host city to produce a full Olympic Games Impact (OGI) report and a Paralympic Games Impact (PGI) report in 2010, an official here said. The OGI project, conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), is designed to introduce a standardised cross-Games method of monitoring, measuring and reporting on the long-term impact of hosting Olympic Games.

At a press conference, Feng Huiling, vice-president of Renmin University of China and director of the Humanistic Olympics Studies Center at the university, said, “The two reports, first ever in the Olympic history, will be not only a Games legacy, but also a model for future Olympic host cities.”

“The cities of Vancouver and London have both come to us for experiences,” Feng added.

The OGI project started in 2003, when the Humanistic Olympics Studies Center at Renmin University of China won a bid. The PGI project was launched last year. Over 30 experts from the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and China formed two project teams.

Feng said that the projects are a study on a wide range of social, economic and environmental indicators. “It is the first time for us to conduct such a huge cross-subjects project.”

According to Feng, The project team presented to the IOC the first and second report respectively in 2005 and the first quarter of this year. The final report will be made in 2010.

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