Press conference: 'Beijing is ready'
PRESS CONFERENCE EXCERPTS
The 8th day of the 8th month of the 8th year is a very lucky date for China. I would like you to give me your thoughts about the slight luck you seem to have with the weather today. I'm sure you'd rather have all the magnificent stadiums and venues looked clearer that they do today. I wonder if you could give us a feeling of how you feel personally having finally arrived in this day after all the hard work and preparations.
That is a very nice question. The 8th is a lucky number for the Chinese. But we chose this day not only because it's a lucky number. As you know, we prefer to have the day of the opening much later because of the weather conditions in Beijing. If it's in September, the climate will be much better not only for the people watching but also for the athletes. According to the international sports calendar, we have to set it like this. But it is still a lucky day. A lot of people wanted to get married today. It is not easy to meet this day. This is really lucky. Hopefully this will bring luck to the ceremony. According to the weather forecast, there will be light shower.