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Liu Peng meets SportAccord president Hein Verbruggen

2011-09-27 15:03:00 COC

27 September 2011, Beijing - China's Sports Minister and COC President Liu Peng met with Hein Verbruggen, President of SportAccord and honorary member of the IOC, in Beijing on 23 September 2011.

Liu Peng welcomed Hein Verbruggen and briefed him about development of the sports events such as the World Combat Games, Tour of China Cycling Race and World Mind Games initiated by the SportAccord leader himself. Liu said to put these sports events in China not only indicated that SportAccord and other international federations have trust in China, but also helped further promote these sports in this country.

Liu also gave a detailed account of some special measures adopted by China in developing non-Olympic sports, including the quadrennial All-China Games, which offered first, second and third prizes instead of gold, silver and bronze medals. "In China," Liu noted, "many more non-Olympic sports are developed than the Olympic ones, and naturally with the participation of a lot more people of all ages. That's why China has always attached great importance to the development of mass sports, or sport for all."

Verbruggen thanked China's General Administration of Sport and the Chinese Olympic Committee for their energetic support to SportAccord and its affiliated international federations, saying "each time new inspirations could be drawn from the events". He hoped that the two sides would strengthen ties in the near future to carry out more programs related to "sport and social responsibility" and "sport and peace".

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