International Olympic Committee

Olympic exhibition sets the stage

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 March, 2008, 12:00am

Meanwhile, in the other SAR ...

More than 700 pieces of Olympic treasure will go on display in Macau this week as part of the countdown to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) Olympic Treasures Exhibition will be on display at Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion from tomorrow until March 30.

Jointly hosted by the IOC, Chinese Olympic Committee, the Beijing Organising Committee and the Macau Sports Development Board, the exhibition features torches, medals, artworks, sports equipment, mascots, stamps, and audio-visual productions and pictures.

This is the first time the exhibition has been on tour outside Europe. The tour started on August 8, 2007, and has been shown throughout cities on the mainland, including Beijing, Qingdao , Nanjing , Shanghai, Guangzhou and Tianjin .

The China exhibition is made up of 731 items, selected from more than 10,000 pieces of memorabilia.

The theme of the exhibition is 'One World, One Dream' and is shown within the movable International Olympic Museum.

There's even a machine that will scan the handprint of each visitor to the exhibition and produce a personalised ticket as a souvenir.

Joe Cheung, 15, said he planned to visit the exhibition with his friends. He is hoping to be an Olympic swimmer one day. He will go to Beijing in August to watch the swimming competition for a few days.

'I really can't wait, it is going to be great and no doubt China will do well,' he said. 'Being the host nation and everything always gives the athletes an advantage with the crowd cheering them on.

'It is a shame for us that Macau is unable to compete because it is not a member of the IOC.'

The IOC is considering an application from Macau, and numerous other regions, to join the international Olympic movement.