Chinese Olympic Committee sends condolence letter to IOC president

19:41, April 22, 2010      

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In this file photo taken on July 31, 1996, Juan Antonio Samaranch, former president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) flaps gold medalist China's Deng Yaping's cheek during the awarding ceremony for women's single of table tennis at 26th Olympic Games in Atlanta, United States. Juan Antonio Samaranch died at the age of 89 on April 21, 2010 in Barcelona after suffering from severe heart attack. (Xinhua)

The Chinese Olympic Committee on Thursday expressed the deepest condolences and most sincere sympathy to Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, and to the family of Juan Antonio Samaranch.

"On behalf of the Chinese Olympic Committee and the Chinese sport community, and in my own name, may I avail myself of this opportunity to express our deepest condolences and most sincere sympathy to you and through you, to the family of Mr. Samaranch," said Liu Peng, president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, in a condolence letter.

Samaranch, former president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980-2001, died in a hospital in Barcelona on Wednesday at 89.

"It is with the greatest grief that the Chinese sport community and I myself are shocked to learn that Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC Honorary President, passed away yesterday," Liu said.

"As an outstanding leader of the Olympic Movement, Mr. Samaranch has dedicated his whole life to the promotion of the Olympic Momvement and to the peace and development of the world.

"Particularly, during his 21 years' IOC presidency, he vigorously pushed forward reforms and therefore refilled the Movement with new vitality and dynamism.

"Mr. Samaranch is an old friend and good friend of the Chinese sport community, who contributed a lot to the resumption of China's rightful status in the International Olympic Committee, to China's two Olympic bids and to the success of the 2008 Olympic Games. In August 2008, Beijing successfully hosted the Games of the 29th Olympiad, fulfilling the long-cherished wish of Mr. Samaranch to stage an Olympic Games in China

"The passing away of this great man means the loss of an old friend and good friend for the Chinese people, and a big loss for the entire Olympic Movement. We will always respect Mr. Samaranch and cherish all the memories about him.

"The Chinese Olympic Committee will continue the close cooperation with the International Olympic Committee and further promote the development and popularity of the Olympic Movement."

Source: Xinhua


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