Hein Verbruggen

It's a promise - Olympics live and uncensored

A senior Beijing Olympic official has pledged that China will broadcast the event to the world live and uncensored.

Friday, 4 April, 2008, 12:00am

Olympics progress 'considerable' but pollution and traffic an issue

Games preparation in Beijing has made 'considerable progress' in the past six months, but the environment and traffic still stand out as potential problems, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegation said yesterday at the close of their eighth visit to the 2008 host city.

20 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Fears over equestrian venues' race against time

The Jockey Club is worried about the tight construction schedule for all equestrian venues for the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong.

A Jockey Club source said: 'We are definitely running short of time as there are only 24 months left for a test event. We need the approval as soon as possible.

17 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

IOC official supports HK equestrian claims

Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the Co-ordination Commission for the Games of the Beijing Olympics, was yesterday confident that Hong Kong would be a viable option for hosting the equestrian competition for the 2008 games because of Beijing's difficulties in staging these events.

6 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Frugal Games 'fits people-first policy'

Organising committee's deputy head also says the pace of construction is being slowed on the advice of the IOC

Beijing is taking a frugal approach in organising the 2008 Olympic Games because it is in line with the 'people first' concept of the country's leadership, an official said yesterday.

30 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

HK unlikely to be involved: official

Hong Kong is unlikely to stage events for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, an International Olympic Committee official intimated yesterday.

Asked if Hong Kong could hold some events, the chairman of the IOC's co-ordination commission, Hein Verbruggen, said: 'As far as the moving of events to other cities is concerned, it is very complicated, nobody is looking forward to [it].'

30 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Beijing takes the wraps off its Olympics logo

The long-awaited emblem for the 2008 Olympic Games was unveiled at an elaborate ceremony in Beijing last night.

The emblem was brought to the Temple of Heaven under police escort with Olympic ambassadors - table tennis champion Deng Yaping and Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan - delivering it to the ceremony.

4 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Beijing in hot debate over Games dates

Beijing's scorching summers have prompted debate among visiting Olympic officials and their hosts about changing the dates for the 2008 Games to spare athletes the extremes of the hot season.

Concerns about the weather were raised in the state media during an inspection visit by four members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

10 Aug 2002 - 12:00am