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Chinese delegation thanks LOCOG for good organization

08-12-2012 20:03 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The London organizing committee overcame difficulties to deliver an excellent Olympic Games, Chinese delegation chief Liu Peng said on Sunday.

"We had a really good experience in terms of the Games' organization by the International Olympic Committee and the London organizers," Liu said on the last day of the 17-day Games in the British capital.

"The organizers overcame a lot of difficulties when they provide the athletes with good competition and living conditions," Liu said.

Last time London hosted the Olympics in 1948, Britain was struggling in the rubble after six years of war. No new stadiums were built for the "austerity games": Wembley doubled as an athletics stadium after organisers poured 800 tonnes of cinders over the greyhound track.

When the Games came back to Britain more than 60 years later, the economy was once again in a low tide as official figures in July showed the economy had sunk deeper into recession.

The Games, with a price tag of about nine billion pounds, have 34 competition venues spreading across London and the south east including nine new permanent venues and 25 temporary sporting venues.

Liu said the volunteers also impressed him.

"We felt the real hospitality and friendship from the host country and enjoyed the volunteers' attentive and heart-felt services. We are really thankful for these," he said.

The organizers recruited more than 70,000 volunteers for the Games and Paralympic Games.



Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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