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BEIJING, CHINA - Tickets to the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing went on sale for domestic fans on Friday20 June. With the exception of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, tickets for the September 6-17 event will be priced at 30, 50 and 80 Yuan.  For more information go to

BEIJING, CHINA--The organizers for the 2008 Olympics have issued an advisory to spectators attending the Games to make sure they read the restrictions on what may or may not be brought into the Olympic venues.  Food and drinks are among the items prohibited to be brought inside. The advisory can be found online here:
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND--Reports indicate that yesterday FINA sent notifications to the national federations of the relay teams which have qualified for the 2008 Olympics. This follows the relay qualifying window's closing on Monday, June 30.

400 Free Relay(only 15 listed): Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Ukraine and USA.

800 Free Relay: Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden and USA.

400 Medley Relay:Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and USA.


400 Free Relay:Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.

800 Free Relay:Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Africa and USA.

400 Medley Relay: Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine and USA.

FINA List of qualified relays

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND--FINA has posted on its website a list of athletes/swims qualified for the 2008 Olympics, which appears to be updated through meets last month. This listing is more current than the list of Olympic Qualifying Events which FINA has on its site, as some meets--such as the USA's recent Grand Prix meet in Columbia, Missouri--appear on the athlete list and not on the meet list.
List of qualified swims is available within the 2008 Olympic section of the FINA site
[click on the "Qualified Athletes" link on the right-hand side. This will download an Excel file document with qualified swims.]
The list of qualifying events

Omega has New Block on Display in Lane 9 at China Open

BEIJING , CHINA Part of the news out of the recently completed China Open in Beijing 's National Aquatics Center has been the placement of a sample of Omega's new starting block in lane 9. The new starting platform has raised discussion about whether or not FINA should allow the block to be used in this year's Olympics.

An article discussing the block was published today by The Australian,

See a picture of the block contained within this article.The block is expected to come up for a vote at the FINA Technical Congress that will be held in conjunction with April's Short Course Worlds in Manchester , UK . There has yet to be an indication of whether or not the item will be discussed at the FINA Bureau meeting this Thursday and Friday in Lausanne , Switzerland.
National Aquatics Center - Pools Filled
BEIJING, CHINA--The 2008 Olympic Organizers have announced that the pool in the National Aquatics Center have been filled;

Pictures of the inside of the Center>>
National Aquatics Center (PDF)

National Aquatics Center - Photos
BEIJING, CHINA--Recent interior photos of the National Aquatics Center, the swimming and diving venue for this year's Olympics, have been posted online (all 3 shots are from the diving well-end of the facility). According to the caption, construction on the venue is complete; with seating and diving platform installation currently going on.

Photo: China Photo Press
Recent interior photos of the National Aquatics Center

Roads being paved to Beijing pool
BEIJING, CHINA- A report on 2 January 2008 from Beijing indicates that paving of the roads outside the swimming venue for the 2008 Olympics, the National Aquatics Center, has begun, this as the 2008 China Open meet looms. The meet serves as the swimming test event for the 2008 Olympics, and is January 1-February 5, 2008. Final entries for the meet were due on December 31, 2007

Limited reporting indicates that the Center, itself, has been completed, as well. Beijing Organizer spokesman Jiang Xiaoyu was quotedon December 31 as saying the Center was completed last year, and that the Organizers were now preparing for the two test events in the facility next month (diving will have their event mid-month).

No further recent photos of the interior have surfaced depicting the venue's status, which was schedule to be done in October. FINA has posted a new overview of the facility.

Also up online is an event page for Swimming China Open, on the test event organizers ("Good Luck Beijing")
Beijing - Official Online Store
In 2008 Olympics related-news, the Beijing organizers have launched the official online store for the Games here:
Beijing Olympic Pool Photo
A photo of the interior of the 2008 Olympic pool taken earlier this month has been posted on the Beijing Organizers website. Construction on the National Aquatics Center is nearing completion, with the basic structures for the stands and pool tanks in place.
Photo of Beijing Olympic Pool
Video tour of the venue a few months ago.
The 2008 Olympics start in a years time on August 8, 2008 at 8:08 p.m.

August 8, 2007
BEIJING, CHINA--The 2008 Olympics start in a years time on August 8, 2008 at
8:08 p.m.,
and the Chinese swimmers are marking it this weekend with a national-level meet in Beijing (August 9-12).

This weekend also sees the first event in the venue where the Open Water competition will be hosted next year, Shunyi Olympic Aquatic Park. The rowing park began hosting the Junior Rowing Worlds today; the FISA event is August 7-11.

The Olympic test events have been grouped under the moniker of "Good Luck Beijing"; and its website lists the dates of the swimming and open water tests events as follows:
-swimming: Chinese Open, February 1-5, 2008, National Aquatics Centre -open water: final Olympic qualifying races, May 31 and June 1, Shunyi Olympic Aquatic Park.

And related to Olympic-qualifying, additional competitions have been added to the list of approved meets where qualifying times can be swum and counted for the Olympics. Interestingly, a year-out from the 2008 Games, only 3 national Olympic Trials (Canada, Hong Kong and USA) are listed as approved. All National Trials are eligible to have their times count for entry; however, all must be pre-approved. The listing of approved meets is on the FINA site

Books on the Olympics
Olympic Swimming and Diving 
Features many great moments in Olympic swimming and diving history.
The Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC: Athens to Beijing, 1894-2008
"Athens to Beijing" is the dramatic account of the dual history of the world's foremost sporting spectacle. It is the lavishly illustrated chronological story of the re-creation of the Olympic Games by Pierre de Coubertin, of the often tempestuous and controversial fortunes of the governing body, together with the highs and lows of the Games themselves.
Beijing: From Imperial Capital to Olympic City 
Three experts in Chinese history take readers along for the ride, showing its evolution from Kublai Khan's seat of power to the capital of the Ming Dynasty, remaining the capital of China up to today. Beijing highlights the current developments in the city as it adjusts to the skyrocketing growth of the Chinese economy and readies itself for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics 
The story of Jesse Owens, the African-American son of sharecroppers who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games held in Nazi Germany, is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.

Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response 
The first full account, based on access to key players who have never before spoken, of the Munich Massacre and the Israeli response-a lethal, top secret, thirty-year-long antiterrorism campaign to track down the killers.
Olympic Cities: Urban Planning, City Agendas and the World's Games, 1896 to the Present 
This book provides the first full overview of the changing relationship between cities and the Olympic events from 1896 to the present day. It contains 20 specially commissioned and original essays written by a team of distinguished authors from the UK and overseas. Blending critical conceptual insight with grounded case study, "Olympic Cities "explores the historical experience of staging the Olympics from the point of view of the host city.

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