BEIJING (AP) _ Organizers of the 2008 Olympics postponed two promotional events because of SARS but insist construction and other preparations are on schedule.

A cultural festival and a ceremony to display the Olympic logo had been scheduled for June.

``We hope that when the time is right and conditions permit, we can carry out these two extremely meaningful activities and achieve the desired aim,'' committee spokesman Sun Weijia said in a statement Wednesday.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome has killed at least 267 people on China's mainland and sickened more than 5,100.

SARS has forced the cancellation or relocation of several sports events planned for China, among them soccer's Women's World Cup and the women's hockey world championships.

The cancelations have deprived China of chances to practice organizational skills, though the impact is expected to be limited if disease-fighting efforts succeed.

Beijing already has ordered movie theaters and other entertainment sites closed. Travel restrictions have been imposed nationwide to curb SARS.

Work on the Beijing Olympic stadium, swim center, and two other major facilities remains scheduled to begin by the end of the year, organizers said. Facilities are due to be ready by 2006.

Winning the right to stage the 2008 Olympics was a source of national pride for China, and officials repeatedly have said they will spare no expense to make the games a success.