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State Councilor Liu Yandong Attends and Addresses the Welcome Banquet for the Closing Ceremony of the 26th Summer Universiade

On August 23, 2011, the welcome banquet for the closing ceremony of the 26th Summer Universiade was held in Shenzhen. Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor Liu Yandong attended and addressed the banquet.

Liu said in his speech that the Chinese government and people would like to extend a warm welcome to all the distinguished guests attending the closing ceremony of the Universiade, express sincere gratitude to the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and the friends who have contributed to the success of the Universiade, and send warm congratulations to the athletes from different countries and regions, who have performed outstandingly and achieved excellent results in the Universiade.

Liu said that the Shenzhen Universiade is not only an outstanding sports event, but also a happy and harmonious cultural event. Young athletes from more than 150 countries and regions attended the largest Universiade in the history, displayed their indomitable spirit of sports, showed their youthfulness to make progress and fully engaged in spiritual communication in the cultural exchange. They experienced cultural diversity, passed on the sincere desire for inclusiveness and harmony, and sowed the seeds of peace and fraternity for the better future of the world.

Liu pointed out that the Shenzhen Universiade has received high attention from the Chinese government and was warmly supported by the Chinese people. The Shenzhen Universiade made a difference. It is a result of hard work of Shenzhen Municipal Government and the people in Shenzhen. It is also attributable to the cordial guidance from FISU and to the participation and efforts of friends from different regions and countries. The success of this Universiade will effectively promote the youth sports in China and throughout the world, will deepen mutual understanding and friendship among people and will make a greater contribution to the development, progress and harmony of the world.

The leaders attending the event include Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee Wang Yang, Vice Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee Zhou Tienong, Vice Chairman of CPPCC and Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, Member of the Central Military Commission and Director of the General Armaments Department of the PLA Chang Wanquan, Minister of Education Yuan Guiren, Director of State General Administration of Sports Liu Peng, and Governor of Guangdong Huang Huahua. The banquet was hosted by Wang Rong, Vice Chairman of the Shenzhen Universiade Organizing Committee and Secretary of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee.

International guests attending the event include FISU President George E. Killian, other key officials of FISU, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Lao Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly, and Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan. During the banquet, Liu Yandong also extended his congratulations to George E. Killian on his election as the President of FISU.

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