PM visits Beijing Olympics Exhibition Centre

January 13th, 2008 - 6:57 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh
By Ashok Dixit Beijing, Jan.13 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today spent about 45-minutes at the Beijing Olympics Exhibition Centre here, and said at the end of it that preparations being undertaken by the city administration to ensure the success of the landmark event, should serve as an inspiration for New Delhi’s preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Indeed, the visit to the exhibition centre located close to the “Bird Nest”-shaped National Stadium was an eyeopener to what can be achieved if one sets one’s mind on a project. China appears to be taking to capitalism in its own way, quite determined to abandon the constrained and restrictive way of life of the “Cultural Revolution” era that placed great emphasis on community living as it were. So impressed was the Prime Minister with the many models of the various stadia that to be used for the Olympic Games scheduled to be held in August and September this year, that he wrote quite eloquently about what he saw. Extending his best wishes for the success of the Olympic Games in Beijing, he said: “I hope that the Olympic spirit and the traditional hospitality and warmth of the great city of Beijing will promote friendship, peace and understanding among all the participants, and the countries they represent. The cynosure of all eyes will be the “Bird Nest”-shaped National Stadium, which is spread over 258,000 square metres, will have seating arrangements for 91,000 people and will host the competitions of Athletics and Football. The National Aquatics Center, which is spread over 65,000-80,000 square metres, will host the competitions of swimming, diving and synchronised swimming. The National Indoor Stadium, which is spread over 80,900 square metres, will host artistic gymnastics, trampoline and handball events. Apart from these three key centres of sports, the other 28 centres where various sporting events will be held are as follows: The new venues whose models were on display are the Beijing Shooting Range Hall, Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium, the Laoshan Velodrome, the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, the China Agricultural University Gymnasium, the Peking University Gymnasium, the Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium and the Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Court.
The existing venues in Beijing are as follows: Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium. the Beijing Workers’ Stadium, Beijing Workers’ Gymnasium, Capital Indoor Stadium, Fengtai Sports Center Softball Field, Yingdong Natatorium of National Olympic Sports Center, the Laoshan Mountain Bike Course, Beijing Shooting Range CTF, Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium, and the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gymnasium.
The temporary venues in Beijing are the Fencing Hall of National Convention Center, the Beijing Olympic Green Hockey Stadium, the Beijing Olympic Green Archery Field, the Beijing Wukesong Sports Center Baseball Field, the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground, the Laoshan Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX) Venue, the Triathlon Venue and the Road Cycling Course. Models of a solar energy-propelled air conditioning system and a regenerated water source pump and working system were also on display for the Prime Minister and his entourage. (ANI)

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