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China to send 396-strong team to London Olympics


08:15, July 11, 2012

Li Changchun (C,front), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, poses for a group photo with members of the Chinese sports delegation to the upcoming London Olympic Games in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, July 10, 2012. Commissioned by President Hu Jintao, Li Changchun met with the Chinese sports delegation to the London Olympic Games in Beijing on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

BEIJING, July 10 (Xinhua) -- China will send 396 athletes in 23 sports to the upcoming London Olympic Games, it was announced on Tuesday.

The team, consisting of 171 men and 225 women athletes, will also be accompanied by 225 officials for the Games which start on July 27.

According to the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC), China will be represented in 23 of 26 sports at the Summer Games after it has failed to qualify for soccer, equestrian and handball.

A total of 29 Beijing Olympic titlists, including badminton star Lin Dan, swimming ace Liu Zige and sharpshooter Du Li, will lead the team at the quadrennial games.

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