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August 7th, 2008
03:28 PM ET

The Beijing Olympics – Are they ready?

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John Vause
Beijing Correspondent

Seven years of planning, $40 billion spent – more than for any other Olympics in history. And even now everyone keeps asking: Are they ready?

There is still the constant problem with pollution. But even putting that aside, no one really knows what will work and what won't.

The Olympics have a history of throwing up surprises that even the most thorough Communist planner couldn't foresee.

Perhaps one indication came today on Thursday. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, known as BOCOG, planned a press conference called "Are we ready?"

It was postponed until Friday.

I guess they weren't ready.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Marlie:

    China has worked very hard to have these games as perfect as possible. I truly think they will suceed and I wish them well.

    August 8, 2008 at 1:21 am |
  2. JoeDuck

    Looking forward to your live reports. In April things were hopping and smog was overwhelming as they prepared for the games. I was told the air rules would change dramatically and pollution would not be a problem, but reports suggest otherwise.

    China is a wonderful county with some enormous challenges – it will be very interesting to see how we all interpret their most dramatic international performance over the next few weeks.

    August 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  3. lynn

    Cindy: No wonder the rest of the world finds so many Americans tiresome and arrogant. Just like in politics, sports and any other topic and now someone else hosting the Olympics and all you want to do is criticize and hope for the worst so you can complain some more.

    There is plenty the media of other countries could attack America on if the Olympics were being held here, but most have the decorum of being guests and supporters of the positiveness of the sthletes' competing.

    August 7, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  4. Jo Anne Cummings

    So sad that the games don't really seem to be the way they used to be. The athletes deserve everything to be perfect!

    August 7, 2008 at 9:53 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    I hope China is ready. I have read so much about what they have done especially to the environment to get ready that it would be a shame for China and the athletes who have trained for years for this event if they aren't ready.

    I'm looking forward to the Olympics and hope they go smoothly and we can enjoy them as we usually do. It will be interesting to see how it goes with the pollution in the air and how or if China found enough clean water for the swimming events. If the games go smoothly perhaps the door to working with China will remain open and the western countries can influence the Chinese government to clean up their act on human rights. One can always hope.....

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 7, 2008 at 8:22 pm |
  6. Donald Anderson

    Hey, Cindy arent you getting ahead of yourself. I mean look at how many delays that are in America. America hasn't had the cleanest record eighter. Haven't you thought of those? This article is pointless and only inspires dry humor. I don't appreciate criticizing a country even before they have a chance at the main events of the Olympics.

    August 7, 2008 at 7:13 pm |
  7. Sharon from Indy

    Even with all the pollution problems and protests, which are very worthy, let's remember the athletes that worked very hard to get to the China Olympics. Let's also try to enjoy the games.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  8. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I think we should reserve our judgment on how ready or not ready China is. Let's wish this host country the best for the sake of the athletes that are going to be giving it their all. I hope it proves to be a very good experience for everyone involved.

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  9. Cindy

    Man...if they can't even hold a press conference on time to show how ready they are then I hate to see the events unfold when they start the opening ceremonies and such! This could be fun to watch just to see the mistakes! LOL

    Cindy...Ga.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:40 pm |