English edition of Memoirist about China's Mr. Olympics launched

English edition of a memoirist about He Zhenliang, known as China's Mr. Olympics, has been published and highly praised here Friday by senior officials from the Internatinoal Olympic Committee.

"This book is a perfect gift of the Olympic slogan 'One World One Dream'," said the IOC president Jacques Rogge in his speech giving at the launching ceremony of the book, He Zhenliang and China's Olympic Dream.

The book, translated into English by Susan Brownell in volunteer, was written by He Zhenliang 's wife Liang Lijuan, a senior journalist from the People's Daily, and had published its Chinese edition, called The Road to Olympics, in May 2005.

Her work retraced the 50 years of He's Olympic career, giving accurate and detailed depictions of the inside stories of a number of significant events in China's history of sports dealing with the outside world.

This memoir of He's personal life stories and diplomatic experiences in the sports field includes opposition to "two Chinas" in international sports organizations in the 1950s, the founding of the Games of the Newly Emerging Forces (GANEFO) in the 1960s, restoration of China's legitimate seat on the IOC in the 1970s, the 1990 Beijing 11th Asian Games, as well as Beijing's bids for the 2000 and 2008 Games.

"I'm particularly pleased to write the preface for a book dedicated to a great defender of the Olympic cause and a wise man of many qualities," Rogge said in the foreword.

"The Olympic Movement would not be in the position it enjoys today in our society without the work of men like He Zhenliang," added the President.

He, who turns 78 later this year, is the honorary chairman of China's Olympic Committee and an advisor of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG). He was elected a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1981, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee in 1985 and vice-chairman of the International Olympic Committee in 1989.

Source: China Daily



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