* Beijing was barely inched out by Sydney for hosting the 2000 Olympic games.
* Beijing and China have adequate economic resources for hosting the games.
* With one-fifth of the world's population, China has never hosted the
November, 1998: The premier and vice premiers of the State Council and members of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central met on separate occasions to study the issue of applying for hosting the Olympic Games and decided to let Beijing submit the application for hosting the 2008 Olympic Games.
11.25.98: Beijing officially submitted to the Chinese Olympic Committee an application for hosting the 2008 Olympic Games.
11.27.98: Senior Chinese sports officials say that Beijing will most likely be China's candidate to bid for the 2008 Olympics even though the door is still open for Shanghai and Guangzhou to submit applications.
1.6.99: The Chinese Olympic Committee studied and officially approved Beijing's application.
9.6.99: The Beijing Committee of Applying for Hosting the 2008
Olympic Games was officially inaugurated and its sign unveiled at the Great
Hall of the People in Beijing.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Beijing's bid for the 2008 Olympic Games: http://www.beijing-olympic.org.cn/
Official Slogan of Beijing's Bid for the 2008 Summer Games:
"New Beijing, Great Olympics."
The logo resembles a person doing "taiji" shadow boxing and symbolizing gracefulness, harmony, vitality and mobility as well as unity, cooperation, exchange and development.
Minister in charge of the State Sport General Administration of China
President of the Chinese Olympic Committee
Executive Vice Presidents:
Vice Minister of the State Sport General Administration of China
President of All-China Sports Federation
Vice Mayor of Beijing