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Chinese vice-president inspects HK equestrian racecourse

Updated: 2005-09-11 14:50

Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong inspected Shatin Race Course Sunday morning to get firsthand information about Hong Kong's preparation for hosting the equestrian events for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Zeng was briefed on the preparation works done by Hong Kong Jockey Club by its Chief Executive Lawrence T Wong and watched a TV program on their efforts for the 2008 Olympic Games.

When Zeng was told that over 2 million people would attend a race in Shatin Race Course and the Hong Kong Jockey Club has made great contributions to Hong Kong's charity cause, Zeng said he was glad to see that "the horses are still galloping and galloping more vigorously."

He said "One World, One Dream" is 2008 Beijing Olympic Games publicity slogan. Let's share the dream to make the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games a success.

Zeng also inspected a lab for equestrian events and the Jockey Club hospital. He was very glad to know that Hong Kong ranks top in the world in horse quarantine and pharmaceutical check-up. " Hong Kong deserves to have more world No ones," he said.

While visiting the lab, Zeng appreciated Hong Kong's efforts in introducing Chinese mainland talents to Hong Kong. "Hong Kong could introduce talents from the Chinese mainland while the mainland talents could also learn from their counterparts in Hong Kong," he said.

The International Olympic Committee decided on July 8 that Hong Kong will host equestrian events for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, at the request of Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

Hong Kong Jockey Club will provide race course and related facilities for three equestrian events in 2008.

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