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The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (第二十九届夏季奥林匹克运动会), was a major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing, China, from August 8 to 24, 2008. A total of 10,942 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competed in 28 sports and 302 events (a total of one event more than the schedule of the 2004 Games). China became the 22nd nation to host the Olympic Games and the 18th to hold a Summer Olympic Games.  It was the third time that the Summer Olympic Games were held in Asia, after Tokyo, Japan, in 1964 and Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. The equestrian events were held in Hong Kong, making it the third time the events of the same Olympics were held under the jurisdiction of two different NOCs, while sailing was contested in Qingdao, and football events took place in several different cities.

Beijing was awarded the Games over four competitors on July 13, 2001, having won an absolute majority of votes from members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after two rounds of voting. The Government of the People's Republic of China promoted the Games and invested heavily in new facilities and transportation systems. A total of 37 venues were used to host the events, including 12 constructed specifically for use at the Games. The official logo of these Olympic Games, titled "Dancing Beijing", featured a stylised calligraphic character jīng (京, meaning capital), referring to the host city. Media outlets reported unprecedented audience interest in the Games, and these Olympics had the largest television audience in Olympic history to date, an achievement later surpassed by the 2012 Games. Some politicians and non-governmental organizations criticized the choice of China as Olympic host because of the country's human rights record, and protests by pro-Tibetan independence activists and critics of China's human rights record marred the international portion of the Olympic torch relay.

There were 43 world records and 132 Olympic records set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. An unprecedented 86 countries won at least one medal during the Games. Chinese athletes won the most gold medals, with 51, and 100 medals altogether, while the United States had the most total medals with 110.

Broadcasters:Edit

Country TV Rights HD Rights Radio Rights Internet and Cellphone Rights
Argentina

Canal 7

TyC Sports

Australia

Seven Network

SBS

Seven HD

2GB, SEN

5AA, 6IX

2CC, KOFM

Austria ORF ORF eins HD
Belarus

Beltelradio

TV-First

LAD

Belgium

VRT

RTBF

een HD
Bolivia

Unitel

Red Uno

TyC Sports

Bosnia and Herzegovina BHRT
Brazil

Rede Globo

Rede Bandeirantes

SporTV

  • Sportv 2
  • Sportv 3
  • Sportv 4
  • Sportv +


Band Sports

ESPN

ESPN Brasil

Rede Globo

Rede Bandeirantes

SporTV HD

Globosat HD

Radio Gaucha

Radio CBN

Radio Globo

Radio Jovem Pan

Radio Eldorado

Terra Networks
Brunei

Kristal-Astro

RTB

Bulgaria BNT
Cambodia NTK
Canada

CBC Television

Radio-Canada

bold

TSN

RDS

CBC HD

Radio-Canada HD

TSN HD

RDS HD

Chile

TVN

Canal 13

Terra Networks
China

CCTV

  • CCTV- 1
  • CCTV- 2
  • CCTV- 3
  • CCTV- 5
  • CCTV- 7
  • CCTV- 12
  • CCTV- 13
  • CCTV- Fengyun Football
  • CCTV- Fengyun Golf and Tennis

CCTV- 22

China Radio International

China National Radio

Sohu.com
Colombia

Senal Colombia

Caracol TV

RCN

Terra Networks
Croatia HRT
Czech Republic

CT

  • CT2
  • CT Sport
Denmark

DR

TV2

Dominican Republic Telecentro

Estonia

ETV

ETV2

Europe Eurosport Eurosport HD
Finland

YLE TV1

YLE TV2

YLE FST5

Urheilukanava

YLE Peking HD

Eurosport HD

Saunalahti

YLE Radio Suomi

YLE Radio X3M

France France Televisions

France 2 HD

France 3 HD

Germany

Das Erste

ZDF

Das Erste HD

ZDF HD

Greece ERT
Hong Kong

ATV

TVB

ATV HD

TVB HD

Hungary MTV

m1 HD

m2 HD

Iceland RUV
India

Doordarshan

Zee TV

Indonesia

TVRI

Radio Republik Indonesia
Iran IRIB 3
Ireland RTE
Israel

Channel 1

Sport 5

  • Sport 5+
  • Sport 5+ Live
  • Sport 5+ Gold

sport5.co.il

Pelephone

Orange

Cellcom

Italy

RAI

  • Rai 1
  • Rai 2
  • Rai News
  • Rai Sport 1
Rai HD Rai Radio 1
Japan

NHK

Nippon TV

Fuji TV

TV Asahi

TV Tokyo

TBS

NHK Hi-Vision

  • NHK G
  • BS-hi

Nittele HD

Fuji TV HD

TV Asahi HD

TV Tokyo Hi-Vision

TBS Hi-Vision

BS Nittele

BS Fuji

BS Asahi

BS Japan

BS-i

Laos Lao National Television Lao National Radio
Latvia

LTV7

LTV1

Macau TDM TDM HD
Malaysia

Astro

RTM

Mexico

Televisa

TV Azteca

TVC Deportes

Televisa HD

TV Azteca HD

Moldova Tele-Radio Moldova
Mongolia

MNB

UBS

Channel 25

TV5

TV9

NTV

Montenegro RTCG
Myanmar Myanmar Radio and Television Myanmar Radio National Service
Netherlands

NPO

NOS

Nederland 1 HD
New Zealand

TV One

TVNZ Sport Extra

TV One HD tvnz.co.nz
Norway

NRK1

NRK2

NRK1 HD

NRK2 HD

Viasat SportN HD

NRK P1

NRK Sport

NRK Nett-TV
Pakistan Geo Super
Philippines

Solar Sports

Basketball TV

Jack TV

Solar All Access

C/S

ETC

2nd Avenue

Poland

TVP1

TVP2

TVP Sport

TVP HD
Portugal

RTP

  • RTP1
  • RTP2
  • RTPN

SportTV

  • SportTV 1
RTP HD RDP Antena 1
Puerto Rico Telemundo Puerto Rico (WKAQ-TV)
Qatar

Al Jazeera English

Al Jazeera Sports 1

Al Jazeera Sports 2

Al Jazeera Sports +3

Al Jazeera Sports HD
Romania

TVR1

TVR2

Telesport

TVR HD
Russia

VGTRK

  • Russia 1
  • Russia 2
  • Sport1
  • Vesti

Channel One

NTV Plus

NTV Plus
Serbia RTS
Singapore

StarHub TV

mio TV

MediaCorp Channel 5

Channel NewsAsia

MediaCorp HD5 938LIVE
Slovakia STV
Slovenia RTV Slovenija RTV Slovenija HD Test
South Africa

SABC

SuperSport

  • SSX
  • SSX2
  • SS5
  • SS6 (Gold)
  • SS7
SuperSport HD
South Korea

KBS

MBC

SBS

KBS1 HD

KBS2 HD

MBC HD

SBS HD

Spain

RTVE (TVE)

  • TVE La 1
  • TVE La 2
  • Teledeporte
  • Canal 24 Horas

TVE HD

RTVE (RNE)

  • Radio Exterior de Espana
  • Radio Nacional
  • Radio 5 Todo Noticias

TVE a la Carta

Adsmedia

Sri Lanka Rupavahini
Sweden

SVT1

SVT 24

Peking+

SRP4

SVT HD

SR webcasts

SVT Play

Tele2

Switzerland

SRG SSR

TSR

TSI

HD suisse
Taiwan

CTV

CTS

FTV

TTV

Thailand

NBT

Modernine TV

Channel 3

TV5

BBTV Channel 7

Thai PBS

TrueVisions

Turkey TRT 3
Ukraine First National
United Arab Emirates

Dubai Sports Channel

Abu Dhabi Sports Channel

United Kingdom BBC BBC HD
United States

NBC

CNBC

MSNBC

Oxygen

USA Network

Telemundo

NBC HD

CNBC HD

Universal HD

USA HD

NBC HD Olympic Basketball & Soccer Channels

Westwood One
Venezuela

Venevision

Meridiano TV

TVes

Vietnam

Vietnam Television

Ho Chi Minh City Television

Hanoi Radio Television

Vietnam Multimedia Corporation

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