(BEIJING, March 5) -- At a press conference on Wednesday, an official of the operation team in charge of the construction of the Beijing Olympic (Paralympic) Village briefed the journalists on the layout and operations plans of the Village during and after the Games.
Abiding by the Olympic Charter and the instructions of the Chinese government, the operations team is striving to provide a safe, harmonious and convenient home for athletes and officials attending the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said Yu Debin, deputy chief of the operation team.
According to Yu, the Olympic Village of the 29th Olympic Games includes two Beijing-based Media Villages, apartment buildings for athletes and officials of the delegations, and Sub-Villages in the co-host cities ofand Hong Kong.
The Olympic Village in Beijing will accommodate 16,000 athletes and team officials, and will act as the headquarters of the national (regional) Olympic committees and a place of meeting for chefs de mission. In addition, it is a place to welcome the delegations and hold various cultural activities.
Being the largest non-competition venue, the Village will also see many services offered and activities held, such as security, transport, catering, religious, healthcare and environmental protection activity, as well as Chinese cultural displays.
Covering an area of 66 hectares, the Village is located at the northwest corner of the Beijing Olympic Green, with the Olympic competitionto its south and the Olympic Forest Park to its north.
The Village is divided by Kehui Road, with 27 hectares of its area located on the road's southern side and 39 hectares on its northern side.
With a width of 800 meters and length of 800 meters, the Village includes athletes' apartment buildings in the south, a flag-raising square, a "Peace Square" and an Olympic Truce Wall in the north, in addition to temporary facilities.
After the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics, the Village will be converted into a tourist spot and a residential area. As a legacy of the Olympics, the flag-raising square and other Olympic sites will remain permanently open to visitors, while the apartment buildings will be available to Beijing residents in 2009.
The Olympic Village will open on July 27, 2008, and close on August 28, 2008. It will function as the Paralympic Village during the Paralympics. The Paralympic Village will open on August 30 and close on September 20. It will take 26 hours to convert the Olympic Village into the Paralympic Village with a two-day test run.
Under the leadership of a united operations team, the two Media Villages and two Sub-Olympic Villages in Qingdao and Hong Kong will operate independently. Because the service and logistics resources will come from administrative agencies, governmental supervisory personnel will join the operations team to ensure the Games-time operations. In addition, professionals and managing personnel will take on services involving hotel-like accommodations, large-scale western food supply, traffic command and religious services.
During the Olympics and Paralympics, the Village will have nine operations projects and 59 sub-projects, involving 23 departments ofand many other Chinese and international organizations. The projects cover accommodation, catering, transport, security, relations between national (regional) Olympic committees, cultural activities, media operation services and logistics, Yu added.