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Beijing Olympic stadium to be simplified as Chinese prices soar

ENGINEERS ON the stadium for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing were this week looking to simplify its sliding roof after being ordered to cut costs by China's Olympic organisers.

The move coincides with a deal between Bocog, the Beijing Organising Committee, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to slow the construction programme for the 2008 Games.

Bocog wanted to have all its new sports venues ready for use by the end of 2006.

But soaring materials and labour costs, fuelled by China's rapid economic growth, have forced the organiser to cut its workforce and extend the construction period.

'Bocog is looking for ways to reduce pressure on what is a fairly overheated industry in order to limit cost escalation, ' said an IOC spokesman.

Bocog's cost cutting drive is looking for savings on delivery of the 100,000 seat Olympic stadium. Its designers are British consultant Arup with Swiss architect Herzog & de Meuron and Beijing-based engineering and architectural consultant CAG.

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