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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 February, 2007, 12:00am

First course of tasty restaurants

Beijing plans to develop a menu of 300 'tasty restaurants' to recommend to foreign guests attending the games. Beijing has selected the first 148 restaurants to make the list, including the Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant and the Moscow Restaurant, as part of a drive to 'meet different palates of foreign athletes and guests during the 2008 Olympic Games', said Wang Weiping, of the city's Commerce Bureau. 'These restaurants, mostly selected via online voting, are famous for providing distinctive Chinese cuisines, Muslim and foreign foods,' Wang said.

Athletes close to getting a voice

Olympic athletes may be allowed to blog for the first time at the 2008 Beijing Games. The International Olympic Committee said this week it was considering whether to let athletes post personal diaries on the internet. But they warned against the Olympic village being turned into a Big Brother reality TV show. Under long-standing Olympic rules, athletes, coaches and other team officials are barred from functioning as a 'journalist or in any other media capacity' during the games. The IOC athletes' commission discussed the matter with the policy-making executive board and expressed support 'in principle' for blogging.