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Chinese Vice-premier Meets with Winter Olympic Delegates

Li Lanqing, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee and Vice-premier of the State Council, extended congratulations Sunday to members of the Chinese Winter Olympic Games delegation, on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council.


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Li Lanqing, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee and Vice-premier of the State Council, extended congratulations Sunday to members of the Chinese Winter Olympic Games delegation, on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council.

When meeting with the delegates, Li said that the Chinese athletes braved no rivalry and achieved, through joint and spirited efforts, a historic breakthrough by winning China's first ever winter Olympic Games gold medals.

The year 2001 featured Beijing's successful bid for hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, China's qualification for the World Cup finals and the successful staging of the 21st World University Games and the 9th National Games, Li said. And together with China's historic breakthrough at the winter Olympics, all these achievements have greatly aroused Chinese people's patriotic enthusiasm and sense of national unity.

Li hopes that the athletes and coaches should sum up their experiences, take an unpretentious and cool approach for still better sporting performance and greater honor for the country. Sports is an important part of efforts for promoting socialist ethics, Li said. Governments at various levels and all those involved should pay close attention on sports promotion and make further efforts for the physical build-up of the people, he said.

Chinese athletes won two Olympic gold medals, through hard efforts by Yang Yang in short-course speed skating events, and two silver and four bronze medals at the Salt Lake City Games.



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