Games XXIX Summer Olympic Games open on August 8 in Beijing.

Official start time of the opening ceremony - 20.00 local time (16.00 MSK).But to be more precise, the ceremony in the main Olympic stadium, which was named "Bird's Nest", starts in 8 hours 8 minutes 8 seconds of the 8th month of 2008.This time is not accidental - in China believe that the number 8 brings schaste.Ofitsialnoe start time of the opening ceremony - 20.00 local time (16.00 MSK).But to be more precise, the ceremony in the main Olympic stadium, which was named "Bird's Nest", starts in 8 hours 8 minutes 8 seconds of the 8th month of 2008.This time is not accidental - in China believe that the number 8 brings luck.

opening ceremony

complete script ceremony traditionally kept secret, but some details are already known.So, with 35 thousand shells into the sky over Beijing Olympic symbols will be formed and traditional Chinese characters.Fireworks, which occupies a special place in all of the opening ceremony, will be used during the ceremony several times and will be organically woven into al

l the action.Especially for this on top of the "Bird's Nest" and around the stadium found about 2 thousand units to run a variety of fireworks.

According to the director's idea, colorful show will be able to enjoy not only the stadium, but also the people who will be at this time in the center of Beijing.Especially for this purpose along the central axis of the Chinese capital, which runs from Tiananmen Square to the Olympic District Olympic Green, installed 29 more launchers.The organizers claim that the fireworks will not hurt either athletes or spectators and will be the most spectacular part of the ceremony.The only thing that can prevent the Beijing Olympics to meet a variety of colorful bursts is heavy rain.However, the probability is, according to meteorologists, negligible.To lead the opening ceremony will be a famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou.

Bearer Russian national team at the opening ceremony will be the captain of the men's basketball team Andrei Kirilenko, and the hosts of the delegation will carry the flag and basketball player - central Yao Ming.

Game Preparations

right to take the Olympics-2008 capital of China won in Moscow, where the summer of 2001 held a regular session of the IOC.Competitors Beijing then were Toronto, Paris, Istanbul and Osaka.Since then, China was put into operation 37 objects, 12 of them are built from the ground up, 11 were reconstructed, and the rest are temporary structures that will be dismantled after the Games.Apart from the stadium "Bird's Nest", among the most important Olympic venues can be noted center "Water Cube", National Palace of Sports, the Olympic basketball stadium.Besides Beijing, the Games competitions will be held in Qingdao (sailing) and Hong Kong (equestrian).Matches Olympics football tournament will also Tianjin, Shenyang, Shanghai and Qinhuangdao.According to the Beijing authorities, from 2001 to 2008, the amount of Olympic cost was about more than 40 million dollars, and the 2008 Olympics promises to be the most expensive in history.

OLYMPIC PROGRAMME AND PARTICIPANTS

Beijing will be played 302 sets of medals, which is one more than the Olympics-2004.Changes in the program of the competition a little bit, but they are.In swimming heats were added to 10 kilometers in open water for men and women.In athletics, the women will run 3,000 meters steeplechase.In table tennis doubles competition are replaced by command.In cycling discipline of BMX added and excluded men's round of 1 km and the female round of 500 m. The shooting is excluded women double trap and moving target (in men).

In 2008 the Games will perform the national teams of 205 countries (four more than in Athens).A total number of athletes will be about 10 500 people.