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IOC 'Impressed' with China's Preparations for 2008 Summer Games


International Olympic Committee representatives say they are impressed with the Chinese capital's preparations to host the 2008 Summer Games.

Members of the IOC Coordination Commission, including chairman Hein Verbruggen, spent three days touring Beijing's Olympic venues as well as the equestrian venue in Hong Kong.

Last month, the IOC decided to move the equestrian competition to the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Hong Kong Sports Institute because of difficulties in guaranteeing proper veterinary health conditions in Beijing.

The group also dealt with educational and ceremonial issues, such as organizing the Olympic Torch relay. The discussions included news media working conditions during the 2008 Games but no official mention was made of China's restrictions on freedom of the press.

Last week, the human rights group Reporters Without Borders delivered a petition to IOC President Jacques Rogge demanding that the Olympic Committee stop ignoring the lack of press freedom in China.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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