Beijing Olympic Organizer Visits Honolulu

Wei Wang of the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee
Wei Wang of the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee

MANOA (KHNL) - It's a modern city that's been the seat of empires, now Beijing is growing into something else.

"Beijing presents an image that is at once ancient in its traditions yet youthful in its vitality," said Wei Wang of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.

Speaking at the East-West center, Wang said his city hopes to host the most spectacular olympic games ever held.

"The Beijing Olympic games will be a magnificent gala to embody the aspirations of the Chinese people and the people of the world for peace, development and progress," Wang said.

University of Hawaii Athletic Director Herman Frazier's been involved with the Olympics for 20 years and knows what an Olympiad can do for a host country.

"As we all know the olympics is a stage," Frazier said. "And to see them put on something as spectacular as the olympics, I think will be wonderful"

With athletes in training and facilities under construction, Beijing officials said they'll be ready.

Olympic games are big business. Some say this Olympiad could open up China's economy to even more parts of the world and that could create opportunities for companies that call Hawaii home.

"Once China opens up and Beijing opens up," Frazier said, "we will see a lot of partnerships and a lot of things happening between Hawaii and also Beijing."