Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The frugal games - NOT!

It’s ironic that China, still referred to as a third world country, is hosting the most expensive Olympics ever. While 2/3 of the populace is as poor as a church mouse, Beijing is spending the big bucks on military arsenals, space programs and, of course, Olympic sites—what is wrong with this picture? Countless peasants have lost their homes to make room for the Olympics venues--villages have disappeared overnight. It’s not too late to object--send a letter to the IOC. If enough concerned people can put Beijing in the spotlight, it is bound to make a difference.

Beijing, China (AHN) - A total of $ 59.5 billion have been earmarked by the Chinese Capital for infrastructure for the next Olympic Games, Xinhua News Agency reported Monday. (more)

Another report said: Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games or BOCOG held a seminar on Monday to further emphasize the principle of "frugal Olympics", set by the central government. The committee's executive vice-president, Liu Jingming, said his organization will invite experts to look through the operational budgets for the Olympic games in order to save investment and prevent corruption. 2007 will be a crucial year for event preparations. The opening and closing ceremonies are in the works, and planning for the torch relay is also taking place. 28 Olympic test events are also scheduled, starting next summer. (more)

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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