27 April 2012, Beijing - On 25 April 2012, China's Vice Sports Minister and Chinese Olympic Committee Vice President Yang Shu'an met with Damian Green, Minister of State for Immigration of Great Britain, expressing his thanks to UK's great support to the Chinese Sports Delegation to the forthcoming Olympic Games in London.
Yang Shu'an said he was glad to learn that preparations by the London Organizing Committee (LOCOG) for the 2012 Olympic Games are going smoothly. He told his guest that the Chinese Olympic Committee is going to send a 600-strong delegation to London, and that through their competitions at these Games Chinese athletes will be able to exchange their techniques and strengthen friendship with their counterparts from across the world. He also wished athletes of the host nation good luck at the London Games.
According to the UK government, the Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card (OIAC) will facilitate entry into the UK for the London 2012 Olympic Games, but people with their OIACs will still be required to provide biometric data and follow the normal border process. Right now, UK Border Agency (UKBA) provides a free service for the Olympic Family members to enroll their biometrics in advance. For this the Visa Section of the UK Embassy in China have held discussions with the Chinese side and will facilitate the process within the maximum limit.
Yang Shu'an expressed appreciation for such flexible service, which simplifies, to a large extent, the process for UK visa application and helps promote exchanges and communication between UK/LOCOG and the rest of the world. He then gave his respects to all staff workers of the UK government who are engaged in the exit and entry work for the London Games, and wished the 30th Olympic Summer Games in London be crowned with complete success.