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France eyes 41 medals at London Olympics

05-04-2012 09:32 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

PARIS, May 3 (Xinhua) -- France aims to win 41 medals, 14 of them gold at the London Olympic Games, said French Sports Minister David Douillet on Thursday.

"The French Olympic team should comprise some 340 sportsmen and women, and the French Paralympic team some 175 sportsmen and women, and guides," the minister said in a statement on the London Olympic Games and the high-level sport strategy for the Olympiad introduced at the Council of Mnisters' meeting.

Douilllet announced that the country's teams had set "a target of 41 medals, 14 of them gold at the London Olympic Games, and a target of 52 medals, 16 of them gold, at the London Paralympic Games."

"The government has played an active role in preparing for the games. The elite athletes' training and preparation programme was overhauled at the start of the current Olympiad to make it more personally tailored to their needs," the minister noted.

The senior sports official also confirmed that a financial investment was made in revamping facilities at the establishments involved in preparing high-level sportsmen and women, and the human resources allocated by the government have been maintained.

The summer Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in London from July 27 to Aug. 12, 2012 and from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9, 2012 respectively. Some 10,500 athletes representing some 205 nations and regions will participate in the Olympic Games and 4,200 athletes representing some 150 nations and regions will take part in the Paralympic Games.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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