Monday, July 28, 2008

Olympic village photos

Olympic village photos

Olympic village photos

Olympic chief: Russia expects to top medal table at Beijing Olympics 

Olympic chief: Russia expects to top medal table at Beijing Olympics 

MOSCOW, July 25 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Olympic team expects to rank first in term of total medals in the upcoming Beijing Summer Olympic Games, Chairman of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Leonid Tyagachev said.

"We will try our best to obtain good results, "Tyagachev said in an interview with a local newspaper. "Despite that the competition is high, we aim to win one more gold medal than China, and finish first in the medal table," he said.

The Olympics have become an event of national significance in Russia, Tyagachev said, noting that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will see the national team off on July 29, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Aug. 8.

This is unprecedented and clearly demonstrates the great importance the country has attached to the Olympics, the chairman said.

Olympic Village: home for all athletes

Olympic Village: home for all athletes

By Sportswriter Lou Chen

BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Italian lasagna, Beijing roast duck or kosher foods? Athletes from more than 200 countries and regions may find their favorite home foods in the Beijing Olympic Village.

The diversity of meals, divided into different zones including Chinese, Asian, international and Mediterranean, underlines the meticulous preparation in the village which houses about 16,000 athletes, coaches and their entourage. The village officially opened on Sunday.

"We want to make this place a nice, quiet and comfortable place to stay, a place that feels like home," said village secretary-general Wu Jingmi.

The sprawling complex, which runs 800 meters from north to south and 900 meters across, is only 20 minutes walk northwest of two centerpiece Games venues - the Bird's Nest stadium and aquatic venue Water Cube. The distance is one of the closest in all Olympics.

The village contains a main restaurant that can feed 5,000 people, teahouses, coffee shops, a barbershop, post office, shops, library and a clinic.

In catering alone, some 100 foreign and 2,300 Chinese chefs and waiters offer 24-hour service every day. Menus change every eight days, and the meals are athletes special.

"We have very strict rules to make sure the foods are safe and calories for each dish are made clear for the athletes own discretion, because there may be stringent weight rules in some events," Wu said.

Hundreds of home-style foods, along with customized beds, space for religious masses and entertainment facilities, are part of the efforts to provide comfortable stay for all athletes, Wu said.

Other services like chances of getting a Chinese name add colors to their Olympic experience. "I believe they will find it interesting to stay here," Wu said.

Construction of the complex started in the summer of 2005, and the total of 42 apartment buildings were built with water recycling technologies, environmentally friendly construction materials and solar-powered lighting. The apartments save two thirds of the energy costs of ordinary ones in Beijing.

Alternative-fuelled vehicles carry athletes within the village, to and from the Olympic venues. The complex was built according to IOC (International Olympic Committee) rules, Wu said, but elements of Chinese culture have been weaved into the design and decoration, making it not just any another Olympic village.

It used the colors of Beijing's grey brick walls, white stone balconies, paper-cuts and red lanterns. Cultural performances like embroidery, woodcarving, painting and Beijing Opera mask will be held in the courtyard of the international zone.

"The village is a place where the athletes can unwind and get to know Chinese culture. We want to give them a full experience with Chinese culture," said Deng Yaping, a famed Olympic table tennis champion and deputy village head.

In line with IOC regulations, a religious center had been set up in the village, she said.

Deng said on Friday that 46 countries and regions have had some representation in the village since its preliminary opening on July 20. The village is expected to be fully lodged.

Secretary-general Wu said thousands of staff and volunteers are ready to receive the athletes, and anticipated no easy task. "We have made several hundreds of plans for every type of contingencies, but security, services and management are still big challenges," he said.

The single task of taking all the athletes to the opening ceremony on Aug. 8 is daunting. "We have to arrange 360 buses to take them to the Bird's Nest. The whole process will take at least one and half hour, and that's only possible if the cooperation between the village and the delegations goes well," he said.

Before the July 20 test run, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) President Liu Qi said a well-run Olympic Village was a significant part of a successful Games. He ordered the village staff to keep working on the details and provide maximal possible service to all the athletes.

The village will close on Aug. 27. Also as the Paralympic Village, it will reopen on Aug. 30 and close on Sept. 20.

Name list of Chinese delegation for 29th Olympic Games

Name list of Chinese delegation for 29th Olympic Games

BEIJING, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Following is the name list of the Chinese delegation for the 29th Olympic Games:

  Chef de mission: Liu Peng

Deputy chef de mission: Yu Zaiqing, Duan Shijie, Xiao Tian, Cui Dalin, Cai Zhenhua

Secretary-general: Cui Dalin

Deputy secretary-general: Sun Kanglin, Sun Yongyan, Yu Chen, YinBaolin, Zhang Hongtao, Yang Naijun, Song Jing, Ni Huizhong, Song Luzeng, Guo Jianjun, Pan Zhichen, Liu Fumin, Zhang Jian, Shi Kangcheng, Jiang Zhixue, Zhang Haifeng

Delegation Officials:

Li Dazheng, Yu Hongchen, Liu Baoli, Zuo Zhiyong, Wen Wen (f.), Tiao Zhaorong, Li Guoping, Ma Jilong, Du Lijun

Delegation Staff: Liang Chun, Huang Wei, Wei Daishun, Wang Yun, Zhang Peng, Feng Baozhong, Chang Cheng, Tang Jun, Zhang Xin, Li Weicheng, Liu Yan, Liu Tong, Yuan Shoulong, Li Jinsong, Yang Shande, Xue Wanhe, Li Hui,Zhang Quanli, Wu Jian, Chen Chong, Ren Lirong (f.), Shen Jie (f.), Yuan Lei, Yuan Hong (f.), Wang Cheng, Ma Yun (f.), Tian Dexiang, Li Guangwei


Team leader: Gao Zhidan

Deputy team leader: Xiao Haopeng

Coaches: Wang Yifu, Chang Jingchun, Ma Jun, Shao Jianhua, Chen Jiyuan, Sheng Haoming, Zhang Minxian, Xue Baoquan, Sun Shengwei, Zhang Huiqun, Wang Xiao, Jiang Zexiang, Zhang Weigang, Wang Yuefang(f.), Zhang Qiuping (f.)

Assistant manager: Su Zhibo

Doctors: Liu Baorong, Li Xiaodong

Male Athletes (15): Tan Zongliang, Qiu Jian, Pang Wei, Jia Zhanbo, Lin Zhongzai, Zhang Penghui, Zhu Qinan, Cao Yifei, Liu Zhongsheng, Li Yanjun, Li Yang, Hu Binyuan, Wang Nan, Qu Ridong, Jin Di

Female Athletes (9): Zhao Yinghui, Wu Liuxi, Ren Jie, Fei Fengji, Du Li, Chen Ying, Guo Wenjun, Liu Yingzi, Wei Ning


Team leader: Lang Wei

Coaches: Tian Yuling, Lian Guofu, Guo Meizhen (f.)

Assistant manager: Meng Fan'ai (f.)

Doctor: Liu Baofu

Male athletes: Xue Haifeng, Li Wenquan, Jiang Lin

Female athletes: Zhang Juanjuan, Chen Ling, Guodan


Team leader: Cai Jiadong

Deputy team leader: Wang Wei

Coaches: Wang Jian, Christian Bauer, Wang Haibin, Zhao Gang, Xiao Jian, Zhang Yongchun, Wang Yu (f.)

Assistant managers: Ji Daoming, Shao Jing (f.)

Doctor: Gao Ming

Male athletes: Lei Sheng, Zhu Jun, Wang Lei, Yin Lianchi, Dong Guotao, Li Guojie, Huang Yaojiang, Wang Jingzhi, Zhong Man, Zhou Hanming

Female athletes: Li Na, Zhong Weiping, Su Wanwen, Huang Jialing,Sun Chao, Zhang Lei, Huang Haiyang, Tan Xue, Bao Yingying, Ni Hong


Team leader: Cai Jiadong

Coaches: Zhou Guangke, Mo Leilong, Liu Hong, Wu Shucheng, Wang Yongqing, Li Fuyu

Assistant managers: Jiang Guofeng, Song Xiang

Doctor: Zhang Zhiwei

Male athletes: Zhang Lei, Feng Yong, Li Wenhao, Ji Jianhua, Zhang Liang

Female athletes: Guo Shuang, Li Yan, Liu Ying, Ren Chengyuan, Gaomin, Meng Lang, Ma Liyun

Modern Pentathlon

Team leader: Cai Jiadong

Deputy team leader: Xu Haifeng

Coaches: Fan Bing, Wang Ke, Zhang Bin, Zong Xiangqing, Shen Kejian, Wang Zhongnian, He Jialin,

Assistant manager: Zhang Bin

Doctor: Zhao Chunsheng

Male athletes: Qian Zhenhua, Cao Zhongwangrong

Female athletes: Xiu Xiu, Chen Qian


Team leader: Xu Haifeng

Coach: Huang Guangquan

Assistant manager: Chen Xiaoran

Male athlete: Wang Daqing

Female athletes: Xing Lin, Zhang Yi


Team leader: Cai Jiadong

Deputy team leader: Wang Wei

Assistant manager: Cheng Qing

Male athletes: Hua Tian, Zhang Bin, Li Zhenqiang, Huang Zuping, Zhao Zhiwen

Female athlete: Liu Lina


Team leader: Wei Di

Deputy team leader: Yao Xinpei

Coaches: Jiang Chen, Lin Xiong, Tang Qingcai, Liu Xiaoma, Ji Yusheng, Wang Yong, Wang Ying

Assistant manager: Xu Feng

Doctor: Su Hong

Male athletes: Wang Aichen, Wang Weidong, Deng Daokun, Shen Sheng, Zhang Peng, Li Fei, Hu Xianqiang, Li Hongquan, Wang He, ChenXiuke, Luo Youjia

Female athletes: Yin Jian, Xu Lijia, Wen Yimei, Yu Chunyan, Song Xiaoqun, Li Xiaoni, Yu Yanli


Team leader: Wei Di

Team leader: Cao Jingwei

Male athletes: Su Hui, Chen Zheng, Zhang Liang, Sun Jie, Zhang Guolin, Tian Jun, Zhang Lin, Wu Chongkui, Huang Zhongming, Zhang Dechang, Wang Xiangdang, Zhang Yongqiang, Zheng Chuanqi, Zhou Yi'nan, Zhang Shunyin, He Yi, Qu Xiaoming, Liu Zhen, Dong Tianfeng,Wang Jingfeng, Song Kai, Zhang Xingbo, Zhao Linquan, Guo Kang, Wu Lin

Female athletes: Xu Dongxiang, Chen Haixia, Yu Hua, Li Qin, TianLiang, Jin Ziwei, Xi Aihua, Tang Bin, Feng Guixin, Zhang Yangyang, Gao Yulan, Wu You, Zhang Xiuyun

Canoe/kayak flatwater

Team leader: Liu Gang

Deputy team leader: Song Guangli

Coaches: Sun Erjie, Marek Ploch, Zhong Chenghai, Li Daiyuan, He Jun, Tan Zhihong (f.), Xu Jusheng

Assistant manager: Jiang Dan

Doctor: Que Yuntai

Male athletes: Liu Haitao, Li Zhen, Lin Miao, Zhou Peng, Shen Jie, Pan Yao, Huang Zhipeng, Meng Guanliang, Yang Wenjun, Chen Zhongyun, Zhang Zhiwu, Li Qiang

Female athletes:

Zhong Hongyan, Xu Linbei, Wang Feng, Yu Lamei, Xu Yaping, Liang Peixing

Canoe/kayak slalom

Team leader: Liu Gang

Deputy team leader: Li Xin

Coaches: Zhang Lei, Ma Kewu

Male athletes: Hu Minghai, Shu Junrong, Feng Liming, Ding Fuxue

Female athlete: Li Jingjing


Team leader: Ma Wenguang

Deputy team leader: Qian Guangjian

Coaches: Ma Wenhui, Chen Wenbin, Wang Guoxin, Li Shunzhu, Liu Quanhe, Yu Jie, Long Wangchun

Assistant manager: Li Hao

Doctors: Liu Changjiang, Bao Xintong

Male athletes: Zhang Xiangxiang, Shi Zhiyong, Liao Hui, Li Hongli, Lu Yong, Long Qingquan

Female athletes: Chen Xiexia, Chen Yanqing, Liu Chunhong, Cao Lei


Team leader: Zhou Jinqiang

Deputy team leader: Dong Shenghui

Male athletes: Tan He, Wang Qiang, Seriguleng, Wang Ying, Liang Lei, Jia Huafeng, Sheng Jiang, Li Yanyan, Chang Yongxiang, Ma Sanyi,Jiang Huachen, Liu Deli

Female athletes: Li Xiaomei, Xu Li, Xu Haiyan, Wang Jiao


Team leader: Shen Zhigang

Deputy team leader: Xiong Fengshan

Coaches: Fu Guoyi, Liu Yongfu, Wu Weifeng (f.), Liu Jialing, Zhang Jianzhong, Xu Dianping, Lu Miaomiao (f.), Shi Ming, Zhou Yiqiang, Li Bin

Assistant manager: Liu Zhen

Doctor: Su Huoquan

Male athletes: Liu Renwang, Wuritu Bilige, Siri Jigewa, Guo Lei,He Yanzhu, Shao Ning, Pan Song

Female athletes: Wu Shugen, Xian Dongmei, Xu Yan, Xu Yuhua, WangJuan, Yang Xiuli, Tong Wen

tou shimming boxing


Team leader: Chen Liren

Coaches: Li Dacheng, Lu Xiudong, Yao Qiang, Wang Zhijie, Jin Rongzhen

Assistant manager: Zhang Lei

Doctors: Zhu Lihua (f.), Bai Weimin

Male athletes: Liu Xiaobo, Zhu Guo

Female athletes: Chen Zhong, Wu Jingyu


Team leader: Luo Chaoyi

Deputy team leaders: Wang Dawei, Feng Shuyong

Coaches: Hu Xinmin, Lin Zhiqiang, Yu Weili, Zhang Jinglong, Li Qing, Zhao Yong, Li Guoxiong, Zhang Guowei, Sun Haiping, Lu Quanbin,Sha Yingzheng, Song Shaoli, Xiong Jie, Li Jian, Tan Honghai, Liang Songli, Su Jinghai, Zhang Fuxin, Zhang Qinghua (f.), He Youdi, CongYuzhen (f.), He Zengsheng, Li Zheng, Ye Kuigang, Li Meisu (f.), Yang Wenke, Zhu Huagang, Li Shanzeng, Shi Meichuang

Assistant managers: Wang Xiaoying (f.), Fu Weibo

Doctors: Jiang Shan, Li Xukun, Huang Changtai

Male athletes: Zhang Peimeng, Wen Yongyi, Lu Bin, Liang Jiahong,Xing Yan'an, Hu Kai, Liu Xiaosheng, Li Xiangyu, Ren Longyun, Deng Haiyang, Li Zhuhong, Han Yucheng, Zhu Yafei, Wang Hao, Dong Jimin, Yu Zhaohong, Li Jianbo, Zhao Chengliang, Si Tianfeng, Liu Xiang, Shi Dongpeng, Ji Wei, Meng Yan, Huang Haiqiang, Liu Feiliang, Li Runrun, Zhou Can, Zhong Minwei, Gu Junjie, Li Yansi, Chen Qi, Qi Haifeng

Female athletes: Jiang Lan, Chen Yu, Wang Jing, Qin Wangping, Tao Yujia, Han Ling, Chen Jingwen, Wang Jinping, Xue Fei, Zhang Yingying, He Pan, Bai Xue, Dong Xiaoqin, Zhou Chunxiu, Zhu Xiaolin,Chen Rong, Zhang Shujing, Liu Hong, Jiang Qiuyan, Yang Mingxia, ShiNa, Li Zhenzhu, Zhu Yanmei, Jin Yuan, Zheng Xingjuan, Gao Shuying, Li Ling, Gong Lijiao, Li Ling, Li Meiju, Sun Taifeng, Song Aimin, Ma Xuejun, Li Yanfeng, Zhang Wenxiu, Wang Zheng, Chang Chunfeng, Song Dan, Zhang Li, Liu Haili, Tang Xiaoyin, Liu Qing, Zhou Yang, Xie Limei, Zhao Yanni


Team leader: Shang Xiutang

Deputy team leader: Jiang Binbo

Coaches: Zhang Yadong, Yao Zheng Jie, Ye Jin (f.), Han Bingyan, Chen Yinghong (f.), Liu Haitao, Shi Xiaoming (f.), Zhu Zhigen, Pan Jiazhang, Yao Ying (f.), Xu Guoyi, Chen Qin, Chang Yichun, Wei Yaping, Feng Zhen (f.), Lu Sen

Assistant manager: Lu Yifan

Doctors: Guo Qinghua (f.), Ba Zhen

Male athletes: Cai Li, Chen Zuo, Zhang Enjian, Zhang Lin, Sun Yang, Sun Xiaolei, Deng Jian, Xue Ruipeng, Lai Zhongjian, Shi Feng,Chen Yin, Wu Peng, Qu Jingyu, Huang Shaohua, Lu Zhiwu, Shi Haoran, Xin Tong

Female athletes: Zhu Yingwen, Xu Yanwei, Pang Jiaying, Zhu Qianwei, Tan Miao, Li Mo, Li Xuanxu, You Meihong, Zhao Jing, Chen Yanyan, Qi Hui, Sun Ye, Luo Nan, Chen Huijia, Zhou Yafei, Liu Zige,Jiao Liuyang, Li Jiaxing, Wang Randi, Rang Yi, Wang Dan, Yang Yu, Liu Jing, Ha Sinan, Tang Jingzhi, Gao Chang, Hong Wenwen, Xutian Longzi, Wang Qun, Li Zhesi, Fang Yanqiao(More)


Team leader: Li Hua

Deputy team leader: Zhou Jihong (f.)

Coaches: Zhong Shaozhen (f.), Liu Henglin, Hu Enyong, Ren Shaofen (f.), Li Qing (f.), Zhao Wenjin, Hu Wei

Assistant manager: Gao Yan (f.),

Doctors: He Guorong, Liu Haiying (f.),

Male athletes: He Chong, Qin Kai, Wang Feng, Lin Yue, Huo Liang,Zhou Luxin

Female athletes: Guo Jingjing, Wu Minxia, Chen Ruolin, Wang Xin

Synchronized swimming

Coaches: Inomura Masayo, Wang Jie (f.), Zheng Jia (f.), Asaoka Yoshinobu

Assistant manager: Bai Muwei (f.)

Doctor: Ren Suchun (f.)

Female athletes: Zhang Xiaohuan, Gu Beibei, Wang Na, Jiang Wenwen, Jiang Tingting, Sun Qiuting, Liu Ou, Luo Qian, Huang Xuechen

Water polo

Team leader: Li Weibo

Deputy team leader: Wang Min (f.)

Coaches: Wang Tiesheng, Wang Minhui, Cai Tianxiong, Gong Dali, Hu An, Pan Shenghua, Hong Xicheng

Assistant manager: Liu Qinlong

Male athletes: Wang Yong, Tan Feihu, Wang Beiming, Xie Junmin, Han Zhidong, Ma Jianjun, Liang Zhongxing, Wang Yang, Yu Lijun, Wu Zhiyu, Ge Weiqing, Li Bin, Li Jun

Female athletes: Yang Jun, Teng Fei, Liu Ping, Sun Yujun, He Jin,Sun Yating, Wang Ying, Gao Ao, Wang Yi, Ma Huanhuan, Sun Huizi, Qiao Leiying, Tan Ying(More)


Team leader: Gao Jian

Deputy team leader: Huang Yubin

Coaches: Chen Xiong, Wang Guoqing, Wang Hongwei, Lu Shanzhen, Liu Guicheng, Liu Qunlin (f.), Jin Weiguo, Xiong Jingbin, Mo Jianbang, Huang Zhiji

Assistant manager: Zhang Hongliang

Doctors: Zhang Peiwen, Liu Shu

Male athletes: Yang Wei, Li Xiaopeng, Chen Yibing, Xiao Qin, Huang Xu, Zou Kai

Female athletes: Cheng Fei, Yang Yilin, Jiang Yuyuan, He Kexin, Li Shanshan, Deng Linlin

Rhythmic gymnastics

Team leader: Gao Jian

Coaches: Xia Yanfei (f.), Bai Mei (f.), Liang Qin (f.)

Assistant manager: Zhang Liwei

Doctor: Zhao Xin

Athletes (7): Zhang Shuo, Sun Dan, Chou Tao, Sui Jianshuang, CaiTongtong, Lu Yuanyang, Li Hongyang


Team leader: Zhao Yuxin

Coaches: Hu Xinggang, Cai Guangliang, Chen Qilin, Zhuo Xianlin

Assistant manager: Li Ge

Doctor: Zhu Zhangbiao

Male athletes: Dong Dong, Lu Chunlong

Female athletes: Huang Shanshan, He Wenna

Team leader: Meng Wei

Coaches: Jiang Zaiyuan, Wang Xindong, Wang Xia, Yan Weiming, CaoJiuli, Du Jiangtao

Assistant managers: Wang Jianguo, Jin Zhenyu

Doctor: Song Yang

Male athletes: Yan Liang, Hao Kexin, Wang Xiaolong, Zhou Xiaojian, Cui Laing, Li Hexin, Miao Qing, Tian Jianxia, Ye Qiang, Wang Long, Zhang Xing, Zhang Ji, Zhu Jie, Zhu Wenxin, Cui Lei

Female athletes: Wu Ya'nan, Li Weiwei, Zhang Geng, Wang Shasha, Wu Wenjuan, Liu Xiaomei, Li Bing, Wang Min, Huang Dongjie, Liu Yun,Sun Laimiao, Liu Guini, Huang Hong, Yan Meizhu, Wei Qiuxiang

Field hockey

Team leader: Lei Jun

Deputy team leader: Du Zhaocai, Hai Xian (f.)

Male athletes (18): Jiang Xishang, Meng Lizhi, Li Wei, Yu Yang, Liu Xiantang, Lu Fenghui, Song Yi, Luo Fangming, Hu Huiren, Hu Liang, Meng Jun, Tao Zhinan, De Yunze, Sun Tianjun, Ao Changrong, Meng Xuguang, Su Rifeng, Na Yubo

Female athletes (18): Chen Zhaoxia, Ma Yibo, Cheng Hui, Huang Junxia, Fu Baorong, Li Shuang, Tang Chunling, Zhou Wanfeng, Gao Lihua, Zhang Yimeng, Sun Zhen, Li Hongxia, Ren Ye, Chen Qiuqi, ZhaoYudiao, Song Qingling, Li Aili, Pan Fengzhen


Team leader: Lei Jun

Deputy team leader: Shen Wei (f.)

Coaches: Jim Lefebvre, Yi Sheng

Doctor: Lu Huaimin

Athletes: Li Chenhao, Wang Nan, Xu Zheng, Li Weiliang, Lu Jiangang, Zhang Li, Guo Youhua, Wang Wei, Yang Yang, Jia Yubing, Zhang Yufeng, Jia Delong, Hou Fenglian, Sun Wei, Sun Lingfeng, Zhang Hongbo, Feng Fei, Li Lei, Wang Chao


Team leader: Xie Yalong, Nan Yong

Male athletes (22): Han Peng, Zhou Haibin, Yuan Weiwei, Cuipeng,Gao Lin, Shen Longyuan, Qiu Shengjiong, Li Weifeng, Jiang Ning, LiuZhenli, Zhu Ting, Zhao Xuri, Feng Xiaoting, Dai Lin, Zhang Lu, Tan Wangsong, Hao Junmin, Lu Jianjun, Wan Hongliang, Chen Tao, Dong Fangzhuo, Zheng Zhi

Female athletes (22): Zhang Yanru, Weng Xiaojie, Zhou Gaoping, Weng Xinzhi, Xie Caixia, Wang Kun, Han Duan, Bi Yan, Han Wenxia, MaXiaoxu, Zhang Ying, Yuan Fan, Xu Yuan, Pu Wei, Zhang Na, Li Jie, Liu Sa, Wang Dandan, Gu Yasha, Lou Jiahui, Jiang Shuai, Liu Huana


Team leader: Jiang Xiuyun (f.)

Coaches: Wang Lihong (f.), Tao Hua (f.), Huang Weigang, Luo Hasi

Assistant manager: Yang Xu

Doctor: Wang Cangsong

Athletes: Lu Wei, Yu Huili, Li Qi, Pan Xia, Guo Jia, Yu Yanhong,Sun Li, Wu Di, Li Chunxia, Tan Ying, Zhang Lifang, Zhou Yi, Zhang Ai, Xin Minhong, Lei Donghui


Team leader: Li Yuanwei

Deputy team leaders: Hu Jiashi, Bai Xilin

Male coaches: Kuang Lubin, Tom Maher, Fan Bin, Wang Fang (f.), Michel;e Timms (f.), Guo Shiqiang

Assistant managers: Xie Haitian, Zheng Cheng

Doctors: Zhang Meng, Du Wenliang

Male athletes: Liu Wei, Sun Yue, Wang Shipeng, Zhu Fangyu, Du Feng, Yi Jianlian, Li Nan, Wang Zhizhi, Yao Ming, Wang Lei, Chen Jianghua, Zhang Qingpeng

Female athletes: Song Xiaoyun, Bian Lan, Miao Lijie, Zhang Xiaoni, Chen Nan, Liu Dan, Zhang Hanlan, Zhang Wei, Chen Xiaoli, Sui Feifei, Shao Tingting, Zhang Yu


Team leader: Xu Li

Deputy team leader: Zhang Rongfang (f.), Li Quanqiang

Coaches: Chen Zhonghe, Yu Juemin, Zhang Jianzhang, Bao Zhuang, Zhou Jian'an, Xie Guochen, Zhang Luo

Male athletes (12): Bian Hongmin, Yuan Zhi, Guo Peng, Shi Hairong, Cui Jianjun, Jiao Shuai, Yu Dawei, Shen Qiong, Jiang Fudong, Ren Qi, Sui Shengsheng, Fang Yingchao

Female athletes (12): Wang Yimei, Feng Kun, Yang Hao, Liu Ya'nan, Wei Qiuyue, Xu Yunli, Zhou Suhong, Zhao Ruirui, Xue Ming, Li Juan, Zhang Na, Ma Yunwen

Beach volleyball

Team leader: Xu Li

Deputy team leader: Wang Jianping

Coaches: Miao Zhihong, Yan Jianming, Xue Gang

Male athletes (2): Xu Linyin, Wu Penggen

Female athletes (4): Wang Jie, Tian Jia, Xue Chen, Zhang Xi

  Table tennis

Team leader: Liu Fengyan

Deputy team leader: Huang Biao

Coaches: Liu Guoliang, Li Xiaodong, Wu Jingping, Shi Zhihao, Li Sun, Kong Linghui

Assistant coach: Zhang Xiaopeng

Doctor: Shang Xuedong

Male athletes: Wang Hao, Ma Lin, Wang Liqin, Chen Qi

Female athletes:

Zhang Yining, Guo Yue, Wang Nan, Li Xiaoxia


Team leader: Li Yongbo

Deputy team leader: Li Weiguo

Coaches: Tian Bingyi, Zhong Bo, Chen Xingdong, Li Zhifeng, Tang Xianhu, He Xiangyang, Tang Xuehua, Zhang Jun, Weng Jiande (f.)

Male athletes (9): Lin Dan, Bao Chunlai, Chen Jin, Cai Yun, Fu Haifeng, Zheng Bo, Xie Zhongbo, Guo Zhendong, He Hanbin

Female athletes (10): Zhang Ning, Xie Xingfang, Lu Lan, Yang Wei,Zhang Jiewen, Zhang Yawen, Wei Yili, Gao Ling, Yu Yang, Du Jing.


Team leader: Sun Jinfang (f.)

Coaches: Jiang Hongwei, Chen Li (f.), Jiang Shan, Xie Zhao, Zhang Qi, Zhang Yu, Martin Fassati, Wang Jinlu, Li Bin

Doctor: Liu Jianwei

Male athletes: Sun Peng, Zeng Shaoxuan, Yu Xinyuan

Female athletes: Li Na, Zheng Jie, Yan Zi, Peng Shuai, Sun Tiantian

Beijing sets up sex determination lab for Olympics

Beijing sets up sex determination lab for Olympics

BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Beijing has set up a sex determination lab to test female Olympic athletes suspected to be males.

Suspected athletes will be evaluated from their external appearances by experts and undergo blood tests to examine their sex hormones, genes and chromosomes for sex determination, according to Prof. Tian Qinjie of Peking Union Medical College Hospital.

Initial test results would be available in three days, while an official result takes seven days, he said.

The test aims to maintain fairness of the Games, and to rule out inaccurate test results.

Experts say test results for about one in 500 to 600 athletes are abnormal.

The tests are to be conducted at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital.

Polish runner Ewar Kobukkowska, who won a gold medal in the women's 4 X 100 meter relay and the bronze in the women's 100 meter sprint at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, was the first athlete to be caught in a gender test after she failed the early form of a chromosome test in 1967.

She was found to have a rare genetic condition which gave her no advantage over other athletes, but was nonetheless banned from competing in the Olympics and professional sports.

At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, eight athletes failed the tests but were all cleared by subsequent examinations.

In another case, Indian middle distance runner Santhi Soundarajan who won the silver medal in the 800 meters track event at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, failed the sex determination test and was stripped of her medal.

Monday, July 21, 2008

How are the Beijing Olympics Medals Made?

How are the Beijing Olympics Medals Made?

Beijing Olympics medal reverse side

Obverse side

Selecting stones

Jade cutting

Jade polishing

Checkup details

Medal mould

Bronze medal

Medal machine tool

Medal after punching

Groove checking-up

Putting jade into the medal

Groove making machine


Monday, July 14, 2008

Olympics suck up China's already scarce water

(07-14) 04:00 PDT Changgucheng, China -- Three years ago, local government officials told farmers in this village of 7,000 residents to stop using water from a reservoir near their wheat and corn fields. If they needed water, the farmers were told, they would have to dig a well.

"They said there wasn't enough water," Jia Jianguo, 60, recalled.

At their own expense, the farmers dug a 90-foot well. But even though the new irrigation system worked fine, the locals have been forced to pool their meager resources each year that the water recedes to keep their crops alive. The well is now 135 feet deep, and the groundwater is seeping away as fast as the province's increasingly scarce water supplies are being channeled some 100 miles southwest to the thirsty capital of 15 million inhabitants, Beijing.

The Changgucheng farmers were never told that their reservoir is one of four in the province tapped to meet the capital's demand for water leading up to and during the Olympic Games, which begin in August. The Games are expected to increase Beijing's water consumption by at least 5 percent, or 162,000 acre-feet, according to a recent report by Probe International, a Canadian environmental group. An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons.
From south to north

The channel is needed not only to make more water available for Beijing, but to clean Olympic venues and to flush out the city's polluted canals and lakes.

It is part of a mammoth $25 billion diversion scheme to bring water from southern rivers to the arid north to bolster Beijing's water supply.

Ecologists say this is just another example of how the push to showcase a green Olympics is creating environmental problems in provinces outside Beijing. Major polluting factories have been shut down or moved out of the capital for the Olympics. Diverting Hebei's water is just one of many potentially problematic actions, experts say.
'Not a fundamental solution'

The study by Probe International says Beijing's water transfers from north and south, along with a growing number of ultra-deep wells in the Karst Mountains near the city, are a recipe for environmental calamity.

"Such policies of taking ever more water from ever further jurisdictions beyond Beijing may be an emergency measure to ease Beijing's water shortages and flush out its polluted waterways, but it is not a fundamental solution," said the report. "With each new project to tap water somewhere else, demand for water only increases, and at an ever greater cost to China's environment and economy.

"Whether diverting surface water or digging deeper for groundwater, the underlying solution proposed is like trying to quench a thirst by drinking poison."
Urbanization and drought

Dai Qing, a Beijing-based environmental activist once jailed for criticizing the massive Three Gorges Dam, says Beijing and its surroundings are facing a serious water crisis.

Hyper-speed urbanization has doubled Beijing's water consumption between 1995 and 2005 to some 3.2 million acre-feet annually. That, coupled with a decade-long drought, has left the capital dry and its groundwater severely depleted.

Dai predicts there will be no water crisis during the Olympics. But she warns that it will take "10 years, 20 years, even a century" to restore depleted water resources. Dai says the problem is China's political structure, which doesn't allow the truth about the water crisis to be made public or permit criticism about state water policies.

"Ordinary Chinese, we have no right to ask why," she said.
Tailed by police

That was underscored last week when three reporters visited Hebei province with Zhang Junfeng, a researcher with the Green Earth Volunteer Organization, a Beijing nongovernmental organization. Zhang, who is strong supporter of China's right to host the Olympics and believes the Games will have a positive long-term impact, wanted to take the group to see the four Hebei reservoirs sending water to Beijing.

Plainclothes officials and police who refused to reveal their names or identities stopped the group at every turn, tailing Zhang's car for nine hours and intimidating locals from talking to the reporters.

A group of 15, only one of whom identified himself as a police officer, blocked a road leading into the Wangkui reservoir, placing a narrow, long table across the road.

Though they insisted the area had been shut down to visitors since 2004, locals driving up the road for an afternoon swim were clearly befuddled by the blockade.
'This area is closed'

"We welcome you to the area," said a man who professed to be the reservoir manager, before repeating, "This area is closed."

The officials, who then detained Zhang and the journalists, agreed to release the group if they left the area.

An unmarked car, however, followed the reporters for the rest of the day.

A local resident who refused to give his name said he had asked the police why they had turned the foreigners away from the lake.

"They said it was because of the Olympics, and something about pollution," the man said.

This story is part of a series exploring the changes that China's first Olympic Games are bringing to Beijing and the rest of the nation. To read the other installments, go to
China's water woes

Over-extraction of groundwater and falling water tables are huge problems for China, particularly in the north. Environmental activists warn that the nation is facing a future of water shortages, water pollution and continuing deterioration in water quality. Beijing is one of the world's most water-scarce mega-cities, with a deficit of 324,000 acre-feet annually.

According to some environmentalists:

-- Half of China's 617 largest cities - including Beijing - face water shortages.

-- At least 300 million people do not have access to safe drinking water.

-- 90 percent of cities' groundwater and 75 percent of rivers and lakes are polluted.

-- Chinese industries dump 40 billion to 60 billion tons of untreated wastewater into rivers and lakes every year.

-- 90 million people are exposed to water pollution on a daily basis.

-- Beijing golf courses use 21,900 acre-feet of water each year.
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Sources: Greenpeace,, Ministry of Construction, Probe International

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Stunning Beijing Olympic Topiary Gardens

The distinctive World Botanic Gardens Exhibition for “Homes for plants, Gardens for humans” is the culmination of months of hard work by organizers Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Botanic Gardens Popular Network, Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Committee, and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).

More than 40 million plants and flowers of over 500 varieties will also be used to adorn key areas such as the Tiananmen Square, the road towards Capital Airport, the Olympic Central Zone, and other significant areas.

The exhibit will be displayed at the Science and Technology Park near the Olympic Village, Beijing, China from July 8th to September 8th 2008 where you can take in the sights free of charge.