Beijing Olympics to boost further sports in China: Hu

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Beijing, Aug 24 (UNI) Citing that the past 16 days were a wonderful and exciting time together, Chinese President Hu Jintao today said the hosting of the Beijing Olympics, while giving a boost to further development of sports in China, will enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese and the people in other countries.

At a luncheon which he hosted for foreign leaders and International dignitaries, including Nepal's new Prime Minister Prachanda, who was here to attend the Games' closing ceremony, Hu said, ''It was the concerted efforts of the people from China and rest of the world, which made the Olympics successful.'' ''The glory goes to the Olympic family, to athletes who have competed hard, to volunteers from different parts of the world and to friends across the world who were involved in the Games in various ways,'' Hu told mediapersons here.

He stated that the Beijing Olympics will promote exchanges and cooperation between China and the International Olympic family.

''The Games will further enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and the people in other countries,'' the Chinese President said.

The Olympics, which was witnessed and participated by people from across the world, have become a grand event of international sports competition and cultural exchanges, he added.

''People from all parts of the world have come to Beijing to experience and enjoy the charisma of the International Olympic Movement,'' Hu quipped.

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