Shanghai Set for Opening Ceremony – Martin Conaghan

The BBC reports that ’s hosting of the Special Olympics this week may be a preview of things to come for the 2008 Olympics, if all goes well:

On the days leading up to the opening ceremony, the entire area around Shanghai’s Olympic Stadium will be completely shut down to all traffic; a feat of management beyond comprehension in a city populated by 17million people.

Artifical rain suppressant systems are also in place – just in case poor weather attempts to ruin the first day.

And in a drill on Sunday night, the authorities actually set fire to the gymnastics stadium with 100 volunteers inside, to test their disaster response capabilities. [Full text]

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