Canberra, June 19 : Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has confirmed that he will be attending the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics on the invitation of the Chinese Government.
Addressing a farewell gathering for Australian Institute of Sport athletes heading to Beijing, Rudd said he would be there to cheer them on.
Rudd will attend the official team reception in Beijing on August 7, and hand the Australian flag to the athlete chosen as flag bearer for the opening ceremony the following day, said the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).
"It is very important for our team on the eve of competition to have the Prime Minister present,'' The News quoted AOC President John Coates, as saying.
"We are delighted Mr Rudd will be with us in Beijing,'' he added.