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Vice-Premier Liu Yandong greets media ahead of Rio Olympics

Updated: Aug 6,2016 6:30 AM     Xinhua

On Aug 5, Vice-Premier Liu Yandong greeted the representatives of the country’s media organizations which converged on Rio to cover the Olympic Games.

Liu, who will attend the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics at the Maracana Stadium on Aug 5, was briefed at the “China Home” in downtown Rio on the coverage of the 2016 Olympics by some of China’s mainstream media organizations including the People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency and the China Central Television.

“I will attend the Olympic opening ceremony as the special envoy of President Xi Jinping. It underscores China’s full support to the Olympic Movement as well as the Rio Games, and the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Brazil,” Liu told a group of Chinese media staff.

More than 800 accredited people from some 80 Chinese media organizations have come to Rio to report on South America’s first Olympics, which Liu said has reflected Chinese people’s commitment to and enthusiasm for the Olympic Movement.

“There are two battle grounds at the Olympic Games. One is for the athletes from around the world, and the other is for the global media organizations,” said Liu.

“I hope that you will not only highly publicize the sporting feats and inspiring stories of Chinese athletes, but also promote the Olympic spirits,” she added.

Liu also watched an exhibition with the theme of “Olympics in China” and the Master Plan for Beijing 2022 Winter Games at the “China Home”, a hospitality place of the Chinese Olympic Committee during the Rio Games.