Free Olympics archives exhibit at Tap Seac pavilion

Thursday, March 13, 2008
Issue 281, Page 4
Word count: 453
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Treasure Exhibition China Tour, which showcases 731 valuables chosen from the Olympic Museum Lausanne including torches, medals and mascots, is now open to the public for free at the Tap Seac Multi-sports Pavilion until March 30.

The tour began on August 8, 2007 in Beijing, which concurred with the date for the one year countdown of the Beijing Olympic Games, then travelled to other Chinese cities such as Qingdao, Nanjing, Wuhan, Fuzhou and Hong Kong before landing in Macau yesterday – 150 days before the international sports event will commence in the Chinese capital.

Organised by the IOC, the Chinese Olympic Committee, the Beijing Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) and the Macao Sports Development Board (ID), the opening ceremony at the Tap Seac pavilion yesterday was attended by Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Chui Sai On, vice-director of the Macau Liaison Office of China, Li Benjun, and ID president Vong Iao Lek.

The exhibition tour saw the first collaboration with the Olympic Museum Lausanne in Switzerland which houses more than 10,000 treasures and is the biggest archive of the Olympic Games in the world.

Bearing the theme of “One World, One Dream”, the next two destinations of this large-scale China Tour will be Guangzhou and Shenzhen and will continue to be staged in other cities before finishing up back in Beijing.

The display, according Mr Vong, was a promotional activity of the Beijing Olympic Games as well as the Olympic culture and spirit.

Covering an exhibition area of 4,000 square metres, treasures being exhibited for the first time in the China regions include torches, medals, mascots, sports equipment, souvenirs and Olympic philatelic items of the past Olympic Games.

As well, the public will have the chance to revise excerpts of opening and closing ceremonies and videos of some Olympic Games stories.

Exhibits also include models of Beijing Olympic architectures such as the National Stadium, also known as “Bird’s Nest”, and the National Swimming Centre, also known as “Water Cube”, as well as the Beijing mascot “Fuwas”, the Torch “Floating Auspicious Clouds”, “Gold inlaid with jade” medals for the gold, silver and bronze prizes for the Games this year, and replica of the manuscript of the “Olympic Charter” written by “father of the modern Olympics”, Pierre de Coubertin in 1892.

According to the tour organisers, the general design concept of the exhibition was put forward by experts from China and Switzerland and the design was completed “in order to restore the exhibition style of the Olympic Museum Lausanne to the greatest extent as well as to take into account of the appreciation habits of Chinese audience”.


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