The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) is the organizer of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games) and the XIII Paralympic Games (the Paralympic Games of 2008).
BOCOG was established on December 13, 2001 and is responsible for organizing and executing preparations for all operations of the two Games in Beijing. The BOCOG Executive Board has ultimate decision-making authority to run "high-level Olympic Games with distinguishing features".
The Supervision Commission of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad was set up at the same time as BOCOG. The commission's role is to exercise independent and overall supervision of preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as well as over the BOCOG staff, its expenditures and revenues, and the procurement of goods and materials for the Games.
Currently, BOCOG has 26 functional departments, all operating effectively to prepare and develop critical plans and programs required for the Games' success.
Functional Areas & Responsibilities
1. General Office
Responsible for the coordination and liaison between BOCOG and varied government departments as well as other co-host cities; the BOCOG internal administration activities and the management of city operations projects for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Responsible for the compilation, project management and adjustment of overall development plans for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games of 2008. It is also responsible for providing services for BOCOG's decision-making activity and for organizing and coordinating BOCOG's risk management programs.
Responsible for liaison and communications efforts with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), national Olympic committees (NOCs), regional Olympic committees and other Olympic Family members as well as providing other relevant translation services.
Responsible for the organization of all sports competitions of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the Paralympics of 2008.
Responsible for information preparation and news release activities, media relations and general publicity as well as the contents of the BOCOG official website and the Olympic education efforts and programs.
Responsible for the coordination and supervision of Olympic venues and facilities, construction and environmental protection issues.
Responsible for all fund-raising activities associated with the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the conduct of marketing activities which include the sponsorship program, licensing program and the ticketing program, the implementation of the IOC's Marketing Plan within the jurisdiction of the Chinese Olympic Committee.
Responsible for providing the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the Paralympics of 2008 with necessary technical services and support in effectively maintaining competition records, information, telecommunications and other operations.
Responsible for the management of the contracts and other legal affairs of BOCOG and the protection of the Olympic Games' intellectual property rights.
Responsible for housing, transportation, registration, meals, and spectator services for the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the Olympic Village and venue operations.
An administrative institution of the BOCOG Supervision Commission, this department is responsible for supervising the use of BOCOG's funds and materials as well as the performance of its staff and their honesty and self-discipline.
Responsible for the organizational set-up and human resource management of BOCOG, including the recruitment, training and management of the BOCOG staff and volunteers.
Responsible for the compilation and management of BOCOG's general budget, annual budget and accounting and the execution of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games' financial risks management, logistics management and procurement.
Responsible for the organization and implementation of the Olympic youth camp and various ceremonies as well as other Olympic cultural activities, and the design and management of the look and image of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Responsible for security affairs and maintenance of public order during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the Paralympics of 2008.
Responsible for logistical planning and operations of the main press center, the international broadcast center and the venue media centers. Also charged with providing equipment and services to accredited news media personnel.
The Venue Management Department (VEM) is a functional department in BOCOG which is in charge of coordinating, promoting and fulfilling venue-oriented management and game-time venue operations.
During the preparation phase, VEM is leading the managing work as well as planning and coordinating all competition venues and non-competition venues as a whole in order to facilitate venue-oriented tasks. During Games time, VEM will be part of the Main Operations Center (MOC) in managing the team operations at every site. Meanwhile, the coordination among various departments during the transition period from Olympics to Paralympics on the venue operations is also VEM's responsibility.
The Logistics Department is charged with providing materials and services for the 2008 Olympic Games, Paralympic Games of 2008 and relative activities. It is mainly responsible for the material planning and for the procurement, storage, distribution, tracking, management, retrofit and disposal of all the materials for hosting and staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Responsible for making plans for the preparatory work of the Paralympic Games of 2008; facilitating the preparatory work and monitoring implementation of plans; Liaising and communicating with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), International Paralympic Sports Federations (IPSFs), International Organizations of Sports for the Disabled (IOSDs) and the organizations for the disabled in China; providing guidance and suggestions on Paralympic-specific work; assisting in training, promotion and advertising the Paralympic Games of 2008.
The Transport Department is responsible for transportation services and traffic management for the Olympic Family; the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games of 2008.
The Olympic Torch Relay Center is responsible for the planning and implementation of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay, including relay cities liaison, route arrangement, torchbearer operations, ceremonies, celebrations, public relations, media communications, image design, marketing, brand management, security, laws and regulations, logistics and transportation.
Responsible for the accreditation of Olympic Family Members, Paralympic Family Members and the workforce participating in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games of 2008.
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies Department of BOCOG is responsible for setting and implementing the work plan and establishing the operational policies for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Its task is to ensure that the original ideas, execution, rehearsals, and final implementation of the opening and closing ceremonies integrate smoothly.
Established November 21, 2006, the Olympic Village Department is responsible for the preparation and operation of the Olympic Village of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games of 2008.
Its main task is to prepare the Olympic Village; to formulate and implement the service standards, operation policies and master plan of the Olympic Village project; to coordinate the preparations and operations carried out by related departments; and to supervise the Olympic Villages in the co-host cities.
Responsible for ticketing production, sales, delivery and ticketing operation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games of 2008.
Responsible for determining the necessity, recruitment, training, management, logistics support, and rewarding of the preliminary-phase volunteers, "Good Luck Beijing" competition volunteers, as well as Olympic and Paralympic Games-time volunteers; participating in organizing the advertising for and education of volunteers, planning and organizing the "Good Luck Beijing" competition volunteer services as well as Olympic and Paralymic Games spectator services.
The Beijing Olympic Arrival and Departure Center sets up exit and entry policies and services as well as contingency plans for people visiting China. It coordinates with relevant internal and external departments to arrange exit and entry for groups visiting China for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It develops and manages the Olympic arrival and departure information system; handles arrivals and departures for major events and test events for the Olympic and Paralympic Games; and coordinates arrivals and departures for the Olympic co-host cities.