Start Date: Friday, 8th August 2008
End Date: Sunday, 24th August 2008
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 for use at the Games. Media outlets reported unprecedented audience interest in the Games, and these Olympics had the largest television audience in Olympic history.