Ioc: 70% of athletes have arrived at Beijing Winter Games

Xinhua News Agency Beijing, February 2 (reporters Ji Ye, Dong Yixing)Pierre Ducre, director of Olympic Operations for the INTERNATIONAL Olympic Committee (IOC), said at a press conference on Tuesday that 70 percent of the athletes have arrived so far, and preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics are being finalised and fine-tuned, all aimed at improving the athlete experience.”We are fine-tuning and finalizing in order to be fully ready for the opening day.Seventy percent of the athletes have arrived and are training at the venues and everything is going very well.””Today is a very important day because our curling mixed doubles starts tonight, and it’s a very exciting time to bring the event to our venue,” Ducre said.Fan Suyuan (2nd l) of China competes during the curling mixed doubles round-robin competition at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 2, 2018.Ducre, who has been working in Beijing for a month, described the cooperation with the Beijing Winter Olympics organizing committee as very pleasant and satisfied with the progress made.Mr Ducre said he was committed to improving the athlete experience, and all preparations were being made to that end.”We have fantastic venues and the ifs and athletes are raving about it.I want to thank boCOG for the tremendous work they have done and we will work together.”As the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing is taking full advantage of its Olympic legacy, which includes both the hardware of the venues and the software of the people, Mr. Ducre said.”Many of the boCOG staff worked on the 2008 Games and their experience was applied to the preparations, so the overall work was very professional.”

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