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  • British Prime Minister Hails Beijing Olympics


    01/19/08

    Gordon Brown at the National Stadium with wife Sarah and British gold medal runner Kelly Holmes. (Xinhua)  
    (ATR) British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he expects the Beijing Olympics to be the “best one ever in Olympic history”.

    Brown made his prediction following a tour Saturday of the nearly complete National Stadium.

    "When people from the rest of the world come to Beijing, they will be amazed at the great effort made by the Chinese for the Olympics when they visit this venue," Brown said.

    "I'm flattered that British design has been involved in it... for the athletes, it's going to be great, for the public, it's going to be wonderful."

    Brown’s three-day visit to China began Friday, his first since becoming Prime Minister.

    Earlier in the day Brown and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao were spectators at a table tennis match between Chinese and British players. Logos of the Beijing and London Olymics were prominently displayed.

    Along with his wife Sarah, Brown is accompanied by
    Brown and the Chinese Premier attended a table tennis match. (Getty)  
    U.K. gold medalist Kelly Holmes.

    Brown says that if invited, he would come to the Games in August. The first Olympics in China is expected to draw a record number of government leaders.

    "Sports, a transcending force that links people's hearts and souls, can serve to deepen friendship and cooperation between China and Britain," Brown said in a speech Friday.

    "Young British athletes and young Chinese athletes are going to work together for the next few years... we are going to have deep cooperation that has ever been seen... and I hope as we will win some medals in Beijing in 2008, we will be prepared to win even more medals in London in 2012," said Brown.

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