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One year to go for Beijing

On Wednesday night I watched live pictures on television from Beijing marking one year before the Beijing Olympics are set to begin.

I can't remember seeing something similar being done for the Athens or the Sydney Olympics a year before the start of the games or maybe if that happened I could have missed it because I was living in a different time zone. But all the same it shows the confidence that the Chinese have in hosting successful games.

From what I have read it seems like the Chinese have done a very good job with their preparations for the Olympics in making sure that venues are ready on time but one wonders what they are going to do about issues like pollution.

I also don't understand what happens if some events are delayed or postponed as Jacques Rogge says because of too much pollution. I think its better to say that those long endurance races will actually be cancelled as opposed to just postponement or delaying.

This also brings to question why the smog problem was not looked at when the games were awarded to Beijing unless possibly it wasn't an issue at the time. I hope that these are some of the issues that will need to be looked at in future when it comes to choosing venues for international sport.

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