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London Olympic organizers praise Doha Asiad opening ceremony
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-12-03 09:11
Paul Deighton, chief executive of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games Limited, Saturday spoke high of the opening ceremony of the Doha Asian Games and jokingly said that Beijing and London Olympic organizers felt the pressure.

    

"It was a splendid opening ceremony," said Deighton, who was appointed as the chief executive in 2005. "I congratulated the organizing committee officials this morning. It was a fantastic opening ceremony, which combined the tradition and the modern world in a wonderful spectacle."

    

He told Xinhua: "You maybe feel nervous because you follow Doha to host the Olympics. But if you are nervous, we are doubly nervous. But a little competition may be a good thing sometimes."

    

Deighton said that the two organizing committees of Beijing and London Olympics have kept a good "constructive" relations since London won the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

    

"We were incredibly impressed about what we saw when we visited Beijing," he said. "Clearly the venues in Beijing are spectacular. The Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG)is doing things exactly four years ahead of us so we have enormous amount to learn.

    

"We will apply these experiences to our preparation for our operation in London. So the relations between us and BOCOG friends are very constructive and very helpful for us."

    

Deighton, 50, said he cares more about the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics than the opening ceremony.

    

"We have to work together at the closing ceremony because for the final 10 minutes or so, the ceremony becomes ours as we take the flag to begin to prepare for the next four years," he said.

Source:Xinhuanet 
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