Club's Chief Executive Officer, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, hands over a giant golden key to Chief Executive Officer of the Equestrian Company, Lam Woon-kwong, to commemorate the historic handover ceremony.
Hong Kong's first-ever Olympic venue, the Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue (Sha Tin), was handed over by The Hong Kong Jockey Club to the organisers of the Olympic Equestrian Events – Equestrian Events (Hong Kong) of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad Company Limited (the Equestrian Company) – in a historic handover ceremony today.
The handover ceremony was witnessed by HKSAR Chief Secretary for Administration, Henry Tang; President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF & OC), Timothy Fok; Chairman of the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Disabled, Jenny Fung; the Club's Deputy Chairman T Brian Stevenson; the Club's Chief Executive Officer, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges; the Chief Executive Officer of the Equestrian Company, Lam Woon-kwong; and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Equestrian Company and Venue Manager, Miranda Chiu.
"The Hong Kong Jockey Club made the decision to build the best venues for the Olympic horses and riders to support Beijing's vision of staging the best Olympics and, even though we had less than two years to achieve it, we believe that we've more than lived up to the task", Mr Stevenson commented in his welcome address.
"The Club has invested more than HK$1.2 billion in the Olympic equestrian venues, but we feel it is money well spent because it has been invested in Hong Kong's Olympic history, a history of which the Club is very proud to be part. This is a day for all of Hong Kong to celebrate. A day when the Club hands over the Olympic equestrian venue, ready for the final dress-up to welcome the world's best horses and riders, including our own Hong Kong and Chinese equestrian teams."
HKSAR Chief Secretary for Administration, Henry Tang, spoke at the ceremony as one of the officiating guests. "The venue has been specially designed so that it's very 'horse-friendly'. There are a number of world firsts: everything from the stables environment, training facilities, horse transport, equine sample testing, waste recycling as well as measures to combat the bad weather."
SF & OC President Timothy Fok also congratulated the Club on its work in producing the core Olympic equestrian venue at Sha Tin in less than two years. "Not only was the venue completed within such a short time, but it is also the best equestrian venue ever built", he said. "It has received praise from the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). At a recent meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Beijing, IOC President Jacques Rogge jokingly said that he wouldn't need a room when he comes to Hong Kong for the Games, "a stable will do". This was not only praise for the venues, it also demonstrated his confidence in the capability of Hong Kong people to organize the Games."
To commemorate this afternoon's official handover of the Sha Tin venue from the Club to the Equestrian Company, Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges presented Mr Lam with a giant golden key.
The Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue (Sha Tin) is where most of the Olympic equestrian competitions will be staged between 9 and 21 August. The all-weather surface main arena, which has hi-tech floodlighting appropriate for High Definition TV broadcasting, has grandstand seating for around 18,000 spectators, as well as the Olympic Family, athletes, media and broadcasters. The venue also includes six-star air-conditioned accommodation for the horses, a dedicated Equine Clinic and Farriery, 13 training arenas – including the first Olympic air-conditioned indoor training arena – a cross-country training track and a gallop track, as well as a bridle path for relaxation in the tranquil surrounds of Penfold Park, the in-field of Sha Tin Racecourse.
Four equine cooling stations, including misting tents and plentiful supplies of chilled water, are located around the venue to cool the Olympic horses after training or competition. Mobile cooling units, another unique feature, will also be in use throughout the Olympics and Paralympics.
The Club's Equine Hospital will also be on-call for treatment of the Olympic horses throughout the Games period, while the Club's Racing Laboratory, the only on-site equine testing facility in Olympic history, will test samples from the Olympic horses, with fastest ever turn-round promised.
Major construction work on the Sha Tin venue is now completed. The Equestrian Company will oversee the final phase, including Olympic image and look dress-up of the venue.
The Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue (Beas River), where the cross-country section of the Eventing competition will be held on 11 August, will be handed over to the Equestrian Company next month.
ONLINE PHOTO CATALOGUE
High resolution photographs of the ceremony are available in the FEI online photo catalogue available at this link http://www.feiworldcup.org/s_d_gallery.html. The photographs are free of charge for use by professional media.
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|The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has issued the IOC Anti-Doping Rules (for human athletes) which will be applied during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. |
TOUGHER RULES AND SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN NUMBER OF TESTS
Allied with an increase in the number of tests: up from 3,600 in Athens to 4,500 in Beijing, whereby as a general rule all top five finishers plus a further two will be tested, the tougher rules serve as a clear demonstration of the IOC's commitment to ensuring that athletes play fair. The tests include pre-competition controls, which have proved to be decisive. Of the 4,500 tests, around 700 to 800 will apply to urine EPO detection and 900 will be blood tests.
Specific new elements of the rules include:
- an athlete may be notified and tested more than once during the same day;
- the fact that athletes who miss a test on two separate occasions during the Games, or on one occasion during the Games plus twice in the 18 months beforehand, will be considered to have committed an anti-doping rule violation;
- possession of any substance from the list of prohibited substances will constitute a violation (previously only a selection from the prohibited list applied).
FROM 27 JULY TO 24 AUGUST
The period of the Olympic Games is defined as “the period commencing on the date of the opening of the Olympic Village for the Olympic Games”, namely 27 July 2008, up until and including the day of the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games on 24 August 2008.
WHO DOES WHAT ?
As the ruling body for the Olympic Games, the IOC will delegate the responsibility for implementing doping controls to the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) and WADA. They will act under the IOC’s authority. The IOC Medical Commission will be responsible for overseeing all doping control processes on-site, which will be in full compliance with the IOC Anti-Doping Rules, the World Anti-Doping Code and the International Standard for Testing (ISO9001:2000).
The tests will be conducted at 41 doping control stations, 34 located in Beijing and 7 in the co-host cities. All venues will be equipped with a standard doping control station where blood and urine can be collected. The samples will be analysed in a period of between 24 and 72 hours only, depending on the kind of test.
The IOC Anti-Doping Rules are available on the IOC website www.olympic.org (direct link http://multimedia.olympic.org/pdf/en_report_1316.pdf) and the FEI website www.fei.org > Athletes & Horses > Medication Control & Antidoping > Athletes > Information (direct link