Paralympic Games
06 - 17 September

Venue Operational Planning Review in Beijing

On 18 September, following eight days of intense meetings, a Venue Operational Planning Review for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games was concluded successfully in Beijing, China. Various staff members of the Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (BOCOG), including BOCOG Venue Managers as well as Apostolos Rigas, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Head of Paralympic Games Strategic Projects participated in the Review. 20 Sep 2007 By IPC

Jointly organized between the IPC and BOCOG, the project involved all competition venues and key non-competition venues, such as the airport and the Paralympic Village. For each venue, key operational elements were assessed, such as constituents’ flows, accessibility, transportation plans, seating plans etc. The Review also included site visits and a concluding summary session. In addition, observation and evaluation of the first Paralympic Test Event, the 2007 International Goalball Tournament, was conducted.

Said Mr. Rigas: “We had the chance to evaluate the operational plans developed so far, to exchange ideas and provide valuable advice. The planning level is of high standards and provides solid foundation for optimum operations in September 2008. The main tasks for the months ahead are to finalize operational plans and implement a thorough transition planning process. This joint review of the operational planning once again reflected the continuous and fruitful collaboration between IPC and BOCOG.”

The project was part of an extensive work schedule agreed between the IPC and BOCOG, which includes activities such as Knowledge Transfer Workshops, planning reviews, event observations, site visits etc.