sharing the Olympic spirit

Olympic body vows support for China
By Lei Lei (China Daily)
Updated: 2008-04-10 08:50


All 205 Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) members will attend the Beijing Olympics, ANOC president Mario Vazquez Rana said Wednesday in Beijing.

He was speaking at the close of the 16th ANOC General Assembly, a three-day meeting of more than 700 representatives at which the Beijing Games was one of the main agenda items.

"None of our members gave any indication of not supporting the Games," Vazquez Rana said, adding that preparation work has been satisfactory.

"We entrusted the Games to the city of Beijing. We also trusted that they will give a good Games."

Reports have shown things are "right on track", he said.

"Two years ago, we were told the Chinese should slow down, as they were going too fast," he said.

"The Chinese have done a lot, not only for the Games the legacy will stay after the Games (and benefit) the population.

"We are satisfied with the outcome, which is good for China and the Chinese people."

One of the most burning issues of the meeting was what to do about international legs of the torch relays of future Games, a point that worked its way up the agenda because of recent relay disruption attempts in London and Paris.

Vazquez Rana said he "believes changes are needed".

According to International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials, the IOC will discuss the issue at its executive board meeting today, when it and the ANOC will also meet.

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