Beijing Olympic stadium on Puri sands

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Puri/New Delhi, Aug 7: Popular sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik has made a sand sculpture of a Beijing Olympics stadium in Puri, Orissa. As the world braces up for the Olympics to be held in Beijing from August 8 to 24, Sudarshan decided to do his bit to boost the morale of the Indian team.

Unleashing his creativity on the Puri beach, he recreated the 'Bird's Nest' Olympic Stadium with the Olympic symbol in sand with a good luck message for the Indian team. "We have recreated the stadium of the Beijing Olympics on Puri beach in sand. People all over the world are waiting eagerly for the Olympics. We have written a good luck message for the Indian team to do well in the Olympics and get medals for the country," said Patnaik.

Meanwhile, an Olympics Food Festival 'Cui-jing 2008' has been inaugurated in New Delhi.

The festival, which officially starts from August 7, was inaugurated by China's Ambassador to India, Zhang Yan.

Referring to anti-China protests by exiled Tibetans, Ambassador Yan said, "Olympics game is a sports game for promotion of friendship, cooperation and fraternity between countries and people and not to politicize this event. These incidents are not welcome by anybody and any country. In fact, many people in many countries are criticizing these kinds of wrong practices."

The venue of the festival was done up in vibrant images of modern China bracing to hold the Olympics.

As the day for the inaugural ceremony of the Beijing Olympics approaches, China is taking special measures to ensure that the event process off smoothly. Groups campaigning for an independent Tibet have said the Beijing Olympics should be an opportunity to voice criticism of Chinese policy.

Vehement protests have rocked various parts of the world as Tibetan exiles struggle for freedom from Chinese clutches.

ANI

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