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  1. City turns 'handicap-friendly'

    Posted Sep 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Beijing authorities are installing special facilities in buses, taxis, subway stations and shopping malls to make the host city 'handicap friendly', as part of government preparations for the Paralympics which start on Saturday, Xinhua said yesterday. About 600 Paralympic vehicles have been converted as handicap-friendly vehicles, and 2,000 low-chassis barrier-free ...

  2. Paralympics officials tackle ticket rush

    Posted Dec 04th 2007, 12:00am by Emma Shen

    ... Emma Shen Olympic Games officials will seek to avoid a repeat of October's ticketing fiasco when tickets for the 2008 Paralympics Games' opening and closing ceremonies go on sale next week. The Paralympics tickets go on sale on Monday, the same day organisers of the Beijing Olympics (Bocog) plan to relaunch the second round of general ticket sales after abandoning ...

  3. Easy access for Games athletes, says Beijing

    Posted Sep 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng Beijing has declared itself ready for the Paralympic Games, after making preparations to ensure people with disabilities can move around easily. Reconstruction and improvements at major venues and infrastructure have all been completed. The Paralympic village opened on Saturday following renovations in Qingdao, the city hosting the sailing events. Organisers have ...

  4. Fireworks, not Games fervour, light up the city's landmarks

    Posted Sep 07th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao and Zhuang Pinghui in Beijing Despite another mesmerising opening extravaganza inside the 'Bird's Nest' stadium, there was little evidence of the Paralympics ... off, and residents urged to stay at home to minimise traffic and ensure safety. Further dampening any Paralympics fervour was the lack of outdoor television coverage in the capital city. ...

  5. 789 days to go

    Posted Jun 11th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... supreme- as they did in Athens- during the 2008 Paralympics Games, the competition for people with physical disabilities. It will, post-games, become an open public space. I, like many, have come ... This week, the Beijing Organising Committee for the Games (Bocog), unveiled its 'Beijing 2008 Paralympics Marketing Programme'. Yuan Bin, director of the marketing department, outlined how ...

  6. Restrictions unveiled to cut smog for Games

    Posted Jun 21st 2008, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... 6-17 Paralympics. 'Smooth traffic and good air quality are important factors in hosting a successful Olympic Games and also in fulfilling Beijing's promises to the International ... pollution during the Olympics and Paralympics. 'From July 20 to September 20, if the last number of your registration is odd, you can only drive on odd dates,' Zhou Zhengyu, deputy ...

  7. Car curbs to go after Games

    Posted Aug 14th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... control scheme should continue after it expired on September 20, shortly after the end of the Paralympics. Under the scheme, private vehicles are allowed on the roads only on alternate days, ... showed that more than 90 per cent of respondents supported the traffic restrictions because they would help improve air quality and reduce traffic jams for the Games period. But one key point ...

  8. Building sites ordered to stop work in bid to improve Games air quality

    Posted Mar 13th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... massive campaign to clean up the city's air before the Olympic Games. Authorities yesterday ordered the capital's thousands of construction sites, which together cover 100 sq km, to scale down their operations from next Thursday before coming to a complete standstill for two months from July 21, two weeks before the Games open on August 8. 'From March 20 through ...

  9. Mayor vows to clean up Beijing in time for Games

    Posted Jan 21st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... administrative measures which could cause inconvenience. Mr Guo said: 'Successfully hosting the Olympic Games and Paralympics is of great importance for the country, the people and our national ... to increase preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games to a 'high level'. The capital, notorious for air pollution and traffic jams, is under enormous domestic and international pressure ...

  10. Access to foreign media crucial for success of Games

    Posted Dec 25th 2006, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei For the mainland leadership, a successful Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 will be the ultimate symbol of China's rising international status and the perfect opportunity ... of thousands of athletes, foreign leaders, journalists and millions of overseas tourists feel comfortable and enjoy the Games and hospitality expected from modern and metropolitan Chinese cities like ...




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