The omens were good in Beijing today. The day dawned to clear blue skies as Olympic officials sat down to discuss a number of problems with the organisers of the Beijing games, not least the city’s air pollution.
Competitors are concerned by the poor quality of the air, despite numerous measures taken by the Chinese authorities to eliminate the frequent smog.
Also on the agenda between IOC and Chinese officials, ongoing censorship of the internet in the Olympic media centre.
IOC President Jacques Rogge told the world there would be no web restrictions at the Beijing Olympics. But on arrival he walked into a storm of journalists’ protests as many sites remain blocked.
Officials are arguing over the banned websites one by one. The partial opening up so far has allowed the general public to also surf sites long denied to them.