International Olympic Committee and Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad Delegation Visit Olympic Equestrian Facilities
RELEASE: October 25, 2007
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Equestrian Events (Hong Kong) of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad Company
On October 22, members of the International Olympic Committees (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad - Beijing 2008 and of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) toured the Olympic Village and equestrian venues in Sha Tin and Sheung Shui on the last day of their visit to the Olympic co-host city of Hong Kong.
The IOC delegation, headed by Commission Chairman Hein Verbruggen, arrived on October 21 for a two-day visit to see for themselves how Hong Kong is preparing to stage the equestrian events of the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The delegation had the opportunity to look at the accommodation arrangements that have been made for the Olympic Village at the Royal Park Hotel in Sha Tin. They then toured the cross-country event venue at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Beas River Country Club and the adjacent Hong Kong Golf Club in Sheung Shui.
There they were briefed on the 5.7-kilometer cross-country course, the warm-up and finish arenas, as well as the facilities for the Olympic family and the media by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Miranda Chiu; and the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Head of Racing Operations and Equestrian, John Ridley.
The delegation proceeded to the core equestrian venue in Sha Tin, which was converted from the Hong Kong Sports Institute and Penfold Park. There they had a look at the main stable complex and the main arena, as well as the practice arenas for jumping and dressage.
After the venue tour, the delegation participated in a meeting with Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Carrie Yau and President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, Timothy Fok. During the meeting, Hong Kong's efforts in Olympic promotion and its readiness for the equestrian events next year were presented to the delegation.
Before leaving Hong Kong, the IOC group had a chance to tour the Hong Kong International Airport and to look at the Olympic promotions on show.