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China Club Volleyball Tournament tests Olympic Volleyball venues

The "batfish"-shaped Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium is one of the two venues hosting the official test event for the 2008 Olympic Games Volleyball Tournament

Beijing, China, April 16, 2008 – The "Good Luck Beijing" 2008 China Club Volleyball Tournament began Wednesday in the Capital Indoor Stadium and Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium with the aim of testing the two competition sites set to host the Olympic Volleyball Tournaments at the Beijing Games.

FIVB First Executive Vice-President Jizhong Wei is on hand at the test event to check on preparations and to suggest any adjustments to BOCOG.

Mr. Wei noted after two days' inspection and a rehearsal on the morning of Tuesday, April 15, that the requests and adjustments FIVB had put forward during past inspections have been implemented and so the conditions, facilities and other preparations in the two venues for the test event had met the requirements for holding the highest-level FIVB competitions.

The FIVB First Executive Vice-President encouraged everyone to continue to work hard so as to provide the best service possible at the Olympic Games and said that although there are no foreign teams at the test event the FIVB would not lower their demands and standards of excellence.

A total of four Men's and four Women's teams are participating in the five-day tournament, namely Shanghai, Liaoning, Henan and Bayi for the Men's tournament and Tianjin, Liaoning, Jiangsu and Bayi for the Women's. As top clubs in the country, these teams boast a number of well-known former international players.

In a press conference held Tuesday, the event organizing committee briefed the media about the preparations for the event.

The tournament is being held at the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium (BIT) and Capital Indoor Stadium (CAS), with the preliminaries held at both venues on April 16-18, and the semifinals and finals at the CAS on April 19-20.

BIT covers an area of 22,632 square metres, including an expanded gymnasium of 21,882 square metres and new warm-up gymnasium of 750 square metres. BIT, which seats 5,000, has a spectacular "batfish"-shaped design. It will hold the Beijing 2008 Olympic Volleyball preliminaries and the Beijing 2008 Paralympic goalball event.

At last year's "Good Luck Beijing" Goalball Invitational Tournament, the BIT venue team gained valuable experience in venue operation and competition management. The team, with all its facilities and equipment set, will give the venue another test run during the Volleyball event.

For CAS, which will be the main Volleyball venue during the August 8-24 Olympic Games, this is the first time for it to host a "Good Luck Beijing" sport event. The venue has taken on an entirely new look after renovation.

The venue team, for its part, is also ready to operate the venue in strict accordance with Olympic standards and make sure the event is a complete success in preparation for the upcoming Beijing Olympics.

Built in 1968, CAS is an 18,000-seat stadium, which has been a comprehensive sport facility for table tennis, badminton, volleyball, basketball and gymnastics competitions, in addition to skating and ice hockey.

It is one of 11 newly renovated venues for the Beijing Games.

The upcoming "Good Luck Beijing" Volleyball Tournament follows a successful dress rehearsal for Beach Volleyball in August 2007 at Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground, the 12,000-seater venue for the Beijing Games Beach Volleyball Tournament.

In line with International Olympic Committee requirements and prior commitments by Beijing, the China Club Volleyball Tournament and the FIVB Beach Volleyball Women's Challenger are two of 42 "Good Luck Beijing" sports events scheduled between July 2007 and June 2008.

  
 

 

  
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