18OLYMPIC REVIEWwww.olympic.orgGAMESNEWSOn 27 March, with exactly 500 days togo until the lighting of the Olympicflame at the national stadium inBeijing, BOCOG unveiled theOlympic medals, at a ceremonyorganised at the CapitalMuseum. It is the first timethat jade has been used forOlympic medals. Themedals have been designed withinspiration from "bi", China'sancient jade piece inscribed with adragon pattern. The obverserecalls the Greek origins of theOlympic Games with the wingedgoddess of victory, Nike, and thePanathinaikos Stadium, while thereverse is inlaid with jade with theemblem of the Beijing Games engravedin the metal centre piece. The medalhook's shape is inspired by traditionalChinese art. RightA young boy models the Beijing 2008 medalsFIRST SIGHTINGOF BEIJINGMEDALSNEWSINBRIEF"The eyes of the worldincreasingly focus onBeijing," declared HeinVerbruggen, Chairman ofthe IOC CoordinationCommission, in Beijing atthe end of the eighth visitof the Commission. "The world is watchingand waiting, eager to seewhat Beijing and Chinahave to offer," Verbruggenadded. "This puts a greatresponsibility on the shoul-ders of our partners atBOCOG, but I believe inthem and their ability toshow the world the potential of their countryand their people in the21st century." BOCOG has announced thestart of ticket sales to thegeneral public for theGames. Fans living outsideChina can order ticketsthrough their own NOC orits designated ticketingagent, while fans living inthe territory of the ChineseNOC can order through anumber of different chan-nels. Details on www.tickets.beijing2008.cnLOCOG has announced thecreation of a network ofrepresentatives for theCultural Olympiad.Personalities from eightregions outside London willestablish the programme.
www.olympic.orgOLYMPIC REVIEW19The Chinese city of Shanghai (below) will hostthe 14th World Swimming Championships in2011, in accordance with the decision taken on24 March by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Bureau, meeting in Melbourne.The 13th edition of these Championships will be held in Rome (Italy) from 19 July to 2 August 2009. FINA also announced that a total of 393doping controls were performed during the 12thFINA World Championships held from 17 March to 1 April 2007 in Melbourne(Australia). Some 304 urine tests and 89 EPO detection tests were performed on 233 athletes of 40 nationalities. No positive caseswere detected.Meanwhile, meeting in Mombasa (Kenya) onthe occasion of the World Cross CountryChampionships, the International Association ofAthletics Federations (IAAF) Council awarded the organisation of the 2011 WorldChampionships to Daegu (Korea), and those in2013 to Moscow (Russian Federation).AboveThe IAAF World Championships will behosted by Daegu and Moscow in 2011 and2013 respectively, while Shanghai will hostFINA's 2011 World Swimming ChampionshipsFEDERATIONSAWARD WORLDCHAMPIONSHIPSBASKETBALLWITHOUT BORDERSAbove and below Chinese youngstersenjoying the sport of basketballThe 2007 edition of the "Basketball withoutBorders" programme of the InternationalBasketball Federation (FIBA), in cooperationwith the NBA (National Basketball Association),will be held this summer in Shanghai (People'sRepublic of China), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Paris(France) and Johannesburg (South Africa). Launched in 2001, this programme, which isin fact a training camp, brings together topyoung players (19 or under) chosen by FIBAand their national basketball federations. Topromote friendship, understanding andeducation through sport, the players are dividedinto teams without regard to race or nationality. The camp trainers and staff are current orformer NBA players and coaches. More detailscan be found on www.fiba.com FISA SHORTLISTThe International RowingFederation (FISA) hasrevealed the names of thefive finalists for theThomas Keller medal. Theyare: Jean-ChristopheRolland (France), MikeMcKay (Australia),Constantina Burcica(Romania), Rob Waddell(New Zealand, below), andKatrin Rutschow-Stomporowski (Germany).The winner will receive themedal on 15 July 2007 atthe final of the RowingWorld Cup in Lucerne(Switzerland). Details onwww.worldrowing.comNEW FIEMEMBERThe International FencingFederation (FIE) ExecutiveCommittee has affiliatedthe Botswana federation,the 17th federation fromthe African continent tojoin the FIE. The FIE nowhas 122 members. Thisaffiliation is in theframework of the fencingdevelopment programmein Africa, which was set up several years ago bythe FIE. NEWSINBRIEFIFNEWS