Safety, Security at Olympic Games

Joint Efforts of China and IAEA Emphasize Training, Readiness

Athletes are competing in more than 300 events during the 2008 Summer Olympics in China. As for many global events, security is an integral component to the Olympic Games´ planning. (Photo: P. Pavlicek/IAEA)

China and the IAEA have been working closely as part of overall security preparations for the Olympic Games this summer.

The thrust of IAEA support over the past two years has been to help integrate radiological planning into existing security arrangements for police, intelligence community and emergency response squads based in China. Advisory missions and training workshops have focused on radiation detection, physical protection, and emergency response from a nuclear security perspective. Efforts were largely coordinated with the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA).

For several years now, the IAEA has provided specialized technical assistance and expert advice to countries who host major public international events. In addition to its work on the 2008 Summer Games, the IAEA has supported nuclear security measures for the 2004 Olympics in Greece, the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, and the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil.

The Summer Olympic Games take place in Beijing from 8-24 August.

Last update: 11 November 2014