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Beijing 2008 Olympic Emblem


Summer Games of the XXIX Olympiad
8-24 August 2008

On 13 July 2001 at the 112th IOC Session in Moscow, Beijing was elected the Host City for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) was established on 13 December 2001, five months after Beijing won the right to host the 2008 Games.BOCOG President Liu Qi

The Committee currently consists of 15 departments looking after everything from venue planning to environmental management. BOCOG will gradually expand its departments and staff in line with the demands of the Olympic preparations. By the year 2008, there will be more than 30 departments and 4.000 staff under the BOCOG umbrella.

The Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing will take place from 8 until 24 August 2008. The Games will play host to the 28 summer sports currently on the Olympic program. Approximately 10.500 athletes are expected to participate in the Games with around 20.000 accredited media bringing the Games to the world.

The Beijing 2008 emblem

The official emblem of Beijing 2008, entitled "Chinese Seal-Dancing Beijing", cleverly combines the Chinese seal and the art of calligraphy with sporting features transforming the elements into a human figure running forward and embracing triumph. The figure resembles the Chinese character "Jing" which stands for the name of the host city and represents a particularly significant Chinese style. The artwork embodies four messages:

• Chinese culture
• the color of red China
• Beijing welcomes friends from all over the world
• to challenge the extreme, achieve perfection and promote the Olympic motto of
  Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger).

Beijing 2008 National StadiumFour more cities

The Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) has announced that partnership agreements have been signed with four cities outside Beijing that will host the football preliminaries during the 2008 Games. The four cities are Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenyang and Qinhuangdao.

The construction of the venues in these four cities is well on track, with the construction work on the Tianjin stadium having started earlier this year and the work on the Qinhuangdao stadium having finished on 30 July last year. The venues in Shanghai and Shenyang already exist but will be renovated for the Olympic Games.

Beijing 2008 Mascot

Since the first mascot in Olympic history made its appearance at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, mascots have become a main element of the Olympic image. As a unique and popular image full of vitality, a mascot is able to materialize the Olympic spirit, communicate the concepts of each Olympic Games, promote the history and culture of the host city and create a festive atmosphere for the Games.

Beijing looking forward to the Olympic Summer Games 2008Mascots act as a significant vehicle for communicating the Olympic spirit to the general public, especially children and youth. The International Olympic Committee and the organizing committees of every Olympic Games require high quality of the mascot design. The unveiling of the mascot for each Olympic Games has drawn global attention and become the highlight of the Games. During the evolution of the Olympic mascots, innovation and personality are always top priorities while importance is attached to the participation of the general public, particularly the children.


The five mascots are officially called the Five Friendlies. They are Beibei, the fish; Jingjing, the panda; Huanhuan, the Olympic flame; Yingying, the Tibetan antelope; and Nini, the swallow. The first syllables from their two-syllable names form a line that reads “Beijing Huanying Ni”, or in English – “Welcome to Beijing”. The mascot’s colours were chosen in line with the colours of the Olympic rings.

In the ancient culture of China, there is a great tradition of spreading blessings through signs and symbols. Each of the mascots symbolises a different blessing and will honour this ancient tradition by bringing their blessings to the children of the world. Beibei represents the blessing of prosperity, Jingjing the blessing of happiness, Huanhuan the blessing of passion, Yingying the blessing of health and Nini the blessing of good luck.

See all the mascots of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games emblem
Beijing 2008 Contact

Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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