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  1. Deadlines not met as preparations prove monumentally slow

    Posted May 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay in Athens The cranes hang over two of this city's most talked about sights. One is a monument steeped in antiquity, the Acropolis, while the other is the Olympic Stadium, ... on the temple of Athena that stands like a lonely sentinel over the city. The other cranes, hanging over the 80,000-seater Olympic Stadium in Maroussi, is a reminder that the clock is ticking- from ...

  2. Lawyers propose a Basic Law for the Olympics to avoid legal hurdles

    Posted Oct 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Irene Wang Beijing's Olympics needs its own Basic Law, say mainland lawyers. The idea is among several suggestions the 14 lawyers have put forward to the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games on issues ranging from broadcast rights to the treatment of foreigners in the capital for the event. They say their proposed Beijing 2008 Olympic Basic Law could clarify ...

  3. Beijing bursts into party mode for Olympic flame

    Posted Jun 10th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... who carried the Athens Olympic flame along a 55km route through the city. Despite punishing temperatures that topped 36 degrees Celsius, the route was lined with large crowds from start ... procession. Jiang Xiaoyu, from the 2008 Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, said he was overwhelmed by the crowd's reaction. 'The passion of the Beijing people is just ...

  4. Smooth Dr Rogge cuts unprepared journalists down to size

    Posted Aug 11th 2004, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... errant questions from unprepared journalists hoping to catch the International Olympic Committee president off-guard. Witness the case of the intrepid journalist from Guadalajara, who was cut ... Fifa boss Sepp Blatter's refusal to sign Wada's (World Anti-Doping Agency) code which all international federations taking part in the Olympics have to comply with, and his threat ...

  5. Fun and games have been part of festivities since ancient times

    Posted Aug 21st 2004, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... with Alvin Sallay As if they don't have enough headaches, Olympic organisers have been forced to address the saucy problem presented by the Greek edition of Playboy magazine, which ... Olympic Committee (IOC), in a headline, it is more than likely that she choked on her buttered toast when her aides briefed her about Playboy's playful take on events. So the IOC has taken ...

  6. Do you know about the Olympic torch relay?

    Posted May 06th 2004, 12:00am by Lee Wing-Sze

    ... will do it and the meaning behind. I like watching the Olympics, especially the basketball games. I also like to watch swimming and track and field events. It is exciting to see the runners in action. Jessica Wong Hoi-ying Age: 18 Top tunes: Love Psycho-delico's new album Yes. I know that the torch will be taken from country to country until the opening day of Olympics. I think ...

  7. Opening a triumph for HK man

    Posted Aug 15th 2004, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... show. The others were Lucille Essey, who co-ordinated the parade of athletes, and Dave Low, who is also responsible for the handover sequence of the Olympics to Beijing at the closing ceremony. ...


    Posted Sep 06th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chen Zhong Age: 21 Height: 1.80m Weight: 70kg Event: Over 67kg Defending champion Chen Zhong, who almost quit because of serious knee and ankle injuries during the past two years, never looked in danger. 'It's a wonderful feeling to come back to the Olympics and achieve victory again. I felt confident of winning. My mum was really worried that I would get hurt again ...

  9. Democratise the Olympics

    Posted Aug 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring The Olympic Games is sharing the headlines with Hong Kong's upcoming Legislative Council election. The two events may seem to have nothing in common. But look a little closer and there are similarities between the Olympic movement and the governance of Hong Kong. 'Rotten boroughs', monopolies, the triumph of money over fair play and democratic choice ...

  10. McDonald's beefs up sponsorship

    Posted Feb 27th 2004, 12:00am by Noel Prentice

    ... Olympics and beyond. Two weeks after signing up mainland basketball superstar Yao Ming as its global ambassador, McDonald's renewed its worldwide Olympic partnership with an eight-year deal through to the 2012 Games. The company has exclusive marketing rights in the restaurant and food service category for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy; the Beijing Olympics; the 2010 ...




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