Bolt hoping for double; officials hoping for good weather

Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt will go for a sprint double at the Beijing Games in a boost for Olympic athletics, it was confirmed on Sunday, dpa reported.

There was less good news for organizers as they were warned that rain could dampen Friday's proposed opening ceremony, while typhoons could cause a postponement of the equestrian and sailing events.

Zhang Qiang, the deputy director of the Beijing Weather Modification Office, said she expected rainfall over Beijing during the Games to be slightly more than normal.

"The temperature will also be slightly higher," she said.

This has left organizers fearing that Friday's opening ceremony, which has been shrouded in secrecy but is promising to be a spectacular affair, could be affected by the rain.

Wang Jianjie, deputy director of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, said there could be rainfall on the day the August 8-24 Games are officially opened.

"The weather on Friday is expected to be overcast to cloudy. There is a possibility for a periodic shower or thunderstorm. The highest temperature will reach about 30 to 32 degrees centigrade."

Organizers have said they have a plan B ready for the opening ceremony, should it rain.

It is believed that officials are considering using a technology developed by American scientists that prematurely causes rain.

Zhang of the Weather Modification Office said that the modification of clouds and rain was still at the early stages of experimentation.

"We have to distinguish between cold and warm clouds and apply the technique. When we have appropriate weather conditions, we may try such techniques as a contingency plan. We will see if certain weather conditions will affect Beijing and if we need to apply certain techniques."

But if Beijing weather officials have the option of trying to ensure a dry opening, organizers in Qingdao, where the sailing events are to be held, are more worried.

A typhoon could hit the eastern coastal city, causing some of the races to be postponed. Wang said that this would not cause huge problems as "typhoons last just a day or two. They will not last long."

Organizers in Hong Kong are similarly scared of typhoons disrupting the equestrian events, but organizers have already included spare days in case events have to be delayed or postponed.

Bolt's agent Ricky Simms, meanwhile, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that the 21-year old would be running in both the 100m and 200m at the Olympic Games.

"He is the fastest in the world in both events this year," Simms said.

Bolt raised the 100m world record to 9.72 seconds on May 31 in New York and also boasts the fastest 200m time of the year with 19.67 seconds.

The phenomenal 100m time prompted Bolt and his coach Glen Mills to add the distance to the 200m he had long planned to run in Beijing.

In other news, the IOC has allowed athletes to blog their Beijing experiences on the world wide web.

The Olympic Charter prohibits any journalistic work by athletes, but since the Turin Winter Games 2006 the IOC has been forced to acknowledge a new era and allow blogging during the Olympics.

Under special IOC rules, the blog is not to contain interviews, photos and moving pictures from areas reserved for accredited people. A photo of the athlete is allowed, but not taken in an Olympic area.

Australian cyclist Cadel Evans, who finished second in the Tour de France last week, is winning his race to be fit for the Games, Australian Olympic officials said Sunday.

"Cadel is hoping to compete in the time trial and the road race," Australian Olympic supremo John Coates told a news conference five days ahead of the opening ceremony. "There is no doubt he will be coming."

Coates said that Evans was "responding especially well to treatment" and that the racer was "very keen to compete."

Also on Sunday, the Olympic flame was paraded through a city in China's Sichuan province, nearly three months after the region was hit by a devastating earthquake that killed at least 70,000 people.

The first torch bearer in Guang'an city was Jiang Min, a local man who lost 10 members of his family in the earthquake.

"Jiang moved the hearts of all the Chinese during the recent past, standing at the front lines of relief efforts even after losing 10 loved ones to the devastating earthquake," the organizers said.

The Olympic flame was scheduled to be taken to the city of Leshan in southern Sichuan for another relay leg on Monday.

China postponed the Sichuan legs of the torch relay and changed much of the schedule after suspending it for three days to mourn victims of the 8.0-magnitude on May 12.

About 20,000 people are still listed as missing after the earthquake in Sichuan, where several towns and villages were completely destroyed.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Kazakhstan unveils foreign trade structure with EAEU countries for 11M2021
Kazakhstan unveils foreign trade structure with EAEU countries for 11M2021
Kazakhstan's trade with EAEU countries growing
Kazakhstan's trade with EAEU countries growing
Kyrgyzstan logs 874 new COVID-19 cases
Kyrgyzstan logs 874 new COVID-19 cases
Loading Bars
Turkish embassy in Azerbaijan shares publication on 32nd anniversary of January 20 tragedy
Turkmenistan's TML eyes co-op with Ukraine's Smart Maritime Group
Uzbekistan to strengthen cooperation with Saudi company in energy field
Leadership of Azerbaijani MoD visits Alley of Martyrs (PHOTO)
Georgia’s revenues from tourism to surge in 2022 – Galt & Taggart
Iran provides several loans in trade sector
January 20 events strengthened resolve of Azerbaijani people for independence - aide to president
Embassy of Kazakhstan in Azerbaijan issues statement on 32nd anniversary of January 20 tragedy
Georgia publishes COVID-19 data for January 20
This irresponsible behavior of French FM also undermines bilateral international obligations of France - Azerbaijani MP
Uzbek Thermal Power Plants JSC to implement major investment projects
Kazakhstan increases production and import of kerosene for 10M2021
Iran reaches significant agreements with Russia in energy sector – minister
Valiant Azerbaijani people stood up for independence on January 20, 1990 - Turkish president's adviser
Loan portfolio of Azerbaijani non-bank credit organization more than doubles
Azerbaijan Transport Agency talks number of passengers on bus trips to liberated areas
Armenia must properly assess new geopolitical realities in region – Aide to Azerbaijani President
Russian Economy Ministry talks about implementation of joint transport projects with Azerbaijan
Georgia to attract new investments in energy sector – minister
Kazakh Samruk-Kazyna, Russian companies to invest in chemical projects
CNPC branch in Turkmenistan opens tender for repair of compressors
Uzbekistan shares domestic COVID-19 data for January 19
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on January 22
Iran establishes container shipping route from Chabahar port to Indian ports
President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva visit Alley of Martyrs on 32nd anniversary of 20 January tragedy (VIDEO)
President Raisi's visit to Russia - fundamental change in Iran's international relations - Iran's VP
Azerbaijani oil prices increase
Iran sees increase in exports to Oman
Oil prices hover around 2014 highs, supported by supply concerns
Higher oil revenues to boost Turkmenistan's GDP growth - Fitch
Iranian currency rates for January 20
Azerbaijan's FM meets with head of IAEA in Vienna (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan expects another wave of COVID-19 pandemic - Health Committee of Parliament (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan's Mediation Council, MUSIAD sign cooperation protocol (PHOTO)
ITFC extends $15M line of financing facility to Uzbek Industrial and Construction Bank
ITFC extends US$ 15 Million Line of Trade Financing Facility to Invest Finance Bank
Switzerland recognises Georgian Covid-19 certificates
Economy min: Facilitating banking transactions part of Iran-Russia agreements
Turkey expects coronavirus cases to peak in February
Number of COVID-19 cases in Kazakhstan tops 1,100,000
Chinese bridge at Pangong Tso nears completion, show satellite images
Beijing city raises vigilance as local COVID cases tick higher before Olympics
Over 300 mln COVID-19 cases confirmed all over world, WHO says
U.S., UK launch talks to resolve steel, aluminum dispute
India should adopt risk-based approach not blanket bans to contain Covid - WHO India head
Turkey, UAE sign FX swap deal worth $5 billion
Covid-hit microfinance industry in India seeks higher credit guarantee scheme
Excellent Iran-Russia ties serving strategic goals - Iranian president
Turkey soon to leave currency volatility behind: Erdogan
Cryptocurrency Bill in India unlikely to be introduced in upcoming Budget session
Head of EU delegation expresses condolences to Azerbaijan on occasion of January 20 tragedy
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva makes post on 32nd anniversary of 20 January tragedy (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan commemorates 32nd anniversary of 1990 'Black January' tragedy
Organization of Turkic States makes post in connection with January 20 tragedy
UK shares experience in mine action with Azerbaijan - Ambassador
Azerbaijan adheres to start of delimitation of border with Armenia process without any conditions - minister
PM Johnson drops COVID rules in England
President Ilham Aliyev makes Facebook post on 32nd anniversary of 20 January tragedy (PHOTO)
Afghanistan opens gates of Kamal Khan Dam allowing water into drought-hit Iran
Azerbaijan hosts auction for commissioning mineral deposits
Russia allows tomato imports from several Turkmen enterprises
Azerbaijan to showcase its non-oil products at int’l exhibitions
Price indexes of financial, construction sectors at Uzbek stock exchange fall
Uzbekneftegaz creates new unit to handle partnerships with world's largest financial institutions
Money transfers from Georgia to Azerbaijan increase
Kazakhstan’s December compliance to OPEC+ deal unveiled
Chinese company discloses volume of cargo containers sent to Uzbekistan in 2021
Georgia's Imereti Agrozone receives investment proposals
No apparent crude export impact from civil unrest in Kazakhstan - EIA
Baku refinery increases oil output
Uz-Kor Gas Chemical company opens tender for supply of protective equipment
Gas consumption grows in Azerbaijan
Activities of military units stationed in Azerbaijan's liberated territories inspected (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani FM rejects unfounded allegations of Armenian representative at OSCE forum (PHOTO)
SOCAR boosts oil and gas exports
Iranian Ministry of Roads, Urban Development reveals data on activities of ports
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin rising in price
Azerbaijan significantly increases gas production
Kazakhstan discloses cargo traffic via Aktau port for 2021
U.S. mortgage interest rates climb for 4th straight week
Azerbaijan provides lump-sum allowance to families of January 20 tragedy martyrs, victims
Azerbaijan announces increase in freight traffic by all modes of transport
MP: Pecresse's illegal Karabakh trip gives rise to legal responsibility
Azerbaijan announces priorities as chair of OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation
Georgia’s domestic electricity production up in 2021
SOCAR increases oil production y-o-y
Uzbek Central bank shares data on number of bank cards used in 2021
Azerbaijan's traffic police to check citizens going on trips to liberated lands - ministry
Kazakhstan unveils trade indicators with largest trade partners in EU
Cargo transportation through Iran’s Mashhad Airport soars
Azerbaijan discloses number of people involved in self-employment program in 2021
Private sector is actively involved in construction of administrative center in Turkmenistan
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Iran declares amount of loans issued for housing, construction sector
Transportation of oil from Kazakh Aktau port to Azerbaijan unveiled
Azerbaijan's ANAMA shares information on mine incident in Azerbaijan's Goranboy region
Iran beats new record on gas consumption
Azerbaijan confirms 1,151 more COVID-19 cases, 543 recoveries
Azerbaijan's Azerishig talks appeals of businesses for electric supply in liberated areas
Uzbekistan's UzAuto Motors faces semiconductors shortage
All news