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Chinese President receives IAAF Golden Order of Merit

Editor: Wang Xuemeng 丨Xinhua

08-23-2015 10:38 BJT

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BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping received the IAAF Golden Order of Merit from IAAF President Lamine Diack on Saturday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping(L) receives the IAAF Golden Order of Merit from IAAF President Lamine Diack, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 22, 2015. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese President Xi Jinping(L) receives the IAAF Golden Order of Merit from IAAF President Lamine Diack, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 22, 2015. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Xi met with the world athletics head Saturday afternoon, roughly an hour before he formally opened the 15th IAAF World Championships.

During the meeting at the Bird's Nest National Stadium, the venue for the world championships, Xi praised the IAAF's efforts to promote athletics around the globe and to enhance the friendship between different peoples.

Xi noted that China hopes to contribute to world athletics by hosting the biennial world championships, saying the country will continue to support the world athletics movement and to make greater contribution in the future.

Diack, who will step from from the IAAF presidency after the Beijing worlds, spoke highly of China's contribution to the overall development of world sports, athletics in particular, and expressed the IAAF's wish to strengthen cooperation with China.

The world championships will run through Aug. 30. More than 1,900 athletes from 207 countries and regions are competing in 47 disciplines.

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