Sydney 2000 Update
  • The Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) is planning a test event for every sport in the Olympic programme for the purposes of testing venues, personnel and Games timing and scoring/results systems. The hockey Olympic test event is provisionally scheduled for late September 1999 at the Olympic Hockey Centre in the Sydney Olympic Park. The event is currently proposed to include four men's and four women's teams.
  • As a member of the 1996 Australian women's hockey team in Atlanta, Nova Peris-Kneebone, became the first Aboriginal athlete to win an Olympic Gold medal. Now Peris-Kneebone, 27, has been selected to be the first person in Australia to carry the Sydney Olympic torch when it arrives in Australia in June 2000. Peris-Kneebone is no longer a part of the women's hockey team, but represents Australia in Athletics. She captured a gold medal in the women's 200 meters during the recent Commonwealth Games, and was spotted in the crowds (and then down on the field with former teammates) when Australia's women captured the gold at the Commonwealth Games' women's hockey tournament.
  • There are 296 events on the Olympic Games schedule - 166 involving men and 118 involving women. The men's and women's hockey tournaments will begin on 16th September, the first day of competition, and will see action every day of the Games until the final day of the hockey competition on 30th September. The closing ceremony takes place on 1st October.
  • SOCOG has signed an agreement which will see the acquisition and operation of 3,350 busses and coaches during the Sydney Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. Spectators are expected to require 1,700 busses with athletes and team officials needing 470, accredited media 300 and sponsors and their guests, 650.

Information has been extracted from the Sydney Olympic News, SOCOG's official newsletter. You can check out the full text on SOCOG's Internet site: .