Countdown To Gold 2008

This summer, under the slogan of “One World, One Dream,” world-class athletes from over a hundred countries will compete in 302 events in 28 sports from August 8th-August 24th. It is expected that during the Olympics, as millions of visitors flock to China’s capital, spending will reach $4.5 billion, indeed The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing this year could become the first sporting event to attract a record total live audience of one billion 

Already, Beijing 2008 has assembled the most lucrative collection of sponsors in Olympic history.  Its multinational sponsors include General Electric, McDonald’s, Visa, Samsung, Volkswagen, Adidas, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, and Manulife. 

In the four years leading up to 2008, eleven international sponsors have shelled out $866 million. In addition, many of China’s largest companies, such as China National Petroleum Corporation, Sinopec Group, and Bank of China, are also serving as sponsors for the Games meaning that these Olympics will attract over $1 billion from sponsors.

For many athletes who have trained tirelessly over the last four years, they will come back from these Games as winners, with gold medals around their necks; likewise, all the businesses and enterprises that have invested in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing will emerge from these Games as big winners.

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