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Last Updated: Monday, 5 December 2005, 13:32 GMT
Building Beijing
First broadcast December 2005

No city on earth is changing at a faster pace than Beijing.

By the time of the Olympic Games in 2008, the city aims to emerge as a super-modern capital that speaks eloquently of China's important place in the world.

In a series of four programmes, BBC correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes looks at the image the city is making for itself in the 21st century. Is there tension between the desire to modernise culture and commerce on the one hand, and the limitations imposed by a single party state on the other?

Part Two: Building a Winning Team

The National Games in Nanjing are widely seen as a dress rehearsal for The Big One in 2008.

At the Games, we hear how the Chinese are investing in sport very seriously, with the clear aim of becoming top medal winners in 2008. Some of the training techniques, especially of young children, are controversial however.

We also hear about the continued problem of drugs in sport as an Olympic hopeful for the 10,000 metres is stripped of her medal.

This reinvigorated passion for sport in China brings its consequences, though: in Beijing, officials are dealing with new commercial issues raised by global television coverage and sponsorship of the Olympics.


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