Beijing Olympics

Vitaly Smirnov, Member of International Olympic Committee
Honorary President of Russian Olympic Committee
First Deputy Chairman of Organising Committee of 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow

1935 - Born In Khabarovsk
1958 - Graduates, Academy Of Physical Education and Sport, University Of Social Sciences, Moscow
1960 - Head, Moscow Regional Council of the Union of Sports Groups And Organisations
1970 - Deputy Chairman, Committee on Physical Culture and Sport, USSR Council Of Ministers
1971 - Member, International Olympic Committee
1974 - Member, Executive Board, International Olympic Committee
1977 - First Deputy Chairman, Organising Committee, 1980 Olympic Games, Moscow
1978 - Vice President, International Olympic Committee
1981 - Chairman, Committee on Physical Culture and Sport, RSFSR Council of Ministers
1986 - Member, Executive Board, International Olympic Committee
1990 - Chairman, USSR National Olympic Committee
1991 - Vice President, International Olympic Committee
1992 - President, Russian Olympic Committee
2001 - Vice President, International Olympic Committee

The Olympic Games is the greatest sporting event in the world, involving more than 10,000 athletes, seven million spectators in stadiums and arenas, and an estimated global TV audience of four billion people. The 29th Summer Olympics are opening in Beijing on the 8th of August, and the Russian Olympic team is on its way. How well is the Chinese capital prepared for the event? And what should the fans expect from the Russian team? To talk about it, our guest today is a Member of the International Olympic Committee - Vitaly Smirnov.