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2006-04-11 07:12:38

TOKYO (Reuters) - China will rely on its own security forces to defend the country's borders and airspace at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a senior official said on Tuesday. Athens organizers were given support by NATO surveillance planes in 2004 at the first Summer Games since the September 2001 attacks against the United States. Yu Zaiqing, vice-president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, said China would not seek outside assistance. "With Greece there was a lot of coastline so it was...

2006-03-22 23:19:19

BEIJING (Reuters) - Former Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch has advised Beijing organizers to make sure the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Games do not drag on too long. Opening ceremonies in particular have become more and more elaborate at recent Games, including pageantry and pop stars in addition to the traditional nation-by-nation parade of athletes, swearing of the Olympic oath and lighting of the Olympic flame. "I believe the opening and closing ceremonies of...

2006-03-08 22:49:38

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is still hoping the torch relay for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will pass through Taiwan, despite current political tensions. Taiwan is considered a rebel province by China and hopes of including it on the relay looked likely to fall victim to a row which erupted last week when the island's President Chen Shui-bian scrapped a National Reunification Council. However, China's head of the state general administration of sport told a panel discussion at the...

2006-02-27 04:49:50

By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials have just 170 days to digest what they learned at the Turin Winter Games before the arrival of athletes for the first test event for the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. China is leaving nothing to chance as the biggest economic story of the early 21st century prepares to welcome the world to its coming out party, a gala the Communist Party hopes will strengthen support for its rule. Not for Beijing the construction delays,...

2006-02-26 16:34:36

By Elizabeth Piper TURIN (Reuters) - Ballerinas and brides, aerial acrobats and cartwheeling clowns celebrated the close of Turin's Winter Games on Sunday in a cacophony of music and mayhem drawing on the Italian tradition of Carnival. Coinciding with Italy's Mardi Gras weekend, carnival combined with the circus to close a Games that Olympic chiefs hailed as a success, pushing memories of a doping scandal deep into the background. A roar shook the Stadio Olimpico, built by Italian...

2006-02-25 22:14:52

By Nelson Graves TURIN (Reuters) - The keepers of the flame live in a hole and survive on cold cereal, crackers and baked beans. Federico Fiorini pressed the green button that ignited the Olympic cauldron at the start of the Turin Games. On Sunday he will pull the bright yellow lever to snuff out the flame. He and two colleagues have lived 10 feet underground to make sure the fire stays alit over Turin's skyline and on television sets around the world. From offstage they play main...

2006-02-09 20:25:59

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - The Turin Winter Olympics were set to open on Friday with a theatrical extravaganza celebrating Italian history before the flame is lit and athletes launch two weeks of cut-throat competition. Turin has been criticized for its apathy toward the Games but many residents of the northwestern city said the opening ceremony would spark their enthusiasm for the Olympics. "We like a good show and once the flame is lit we'll all realize the Olympics are...

2006-02-09 12:32:42

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - Flags proclaiming "Passion lives here" flutter around Turin but step into an average bar or bus and the Olympic slogan quickly fizzles out of steam. "What do they mean, passion? The Games are just a pain," said Mario Appendino, a security guard. "We've been living in a building site for the last three years, now there are roadblocks everywhere and those of us involved in the Games are working too hard to enjoy them." With little more than 24 hours...

2006-02-09 11:03:37

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - Hundreds of street protesters, denouncing the Winter Games, forced Olympic torch bearers to change route through the host city on Thursday on the eve of the opening ceremony. Games organizers diverted the flame from the protest site after the demonstrators gathered on the planned route and police warned of possible harm to torch bearers or spectators. "We've succeeded today in making our voices heard," a protest organizer called Marco shouted...

2006-02-09 10:10:00

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - You know, maybe Andy Warhol was right. It wasn't quite 15 minutes of fame, more like three, but on a northwestern Italian road I had my share of fleeting fame. For those handful of minutes I held aloft the Olympic torch and carried it past cheering locals, screaming and waving schoolchildren, pensioners and the plain curious. For those moments I was, for some, the focal point of the biggest circus in town, the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. And what a torch it...


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