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The Chinese Embassy Held Reception for 2007 Shanghai Special Olympics World Summer Games
2007/09/17

In the evening of September 12, 2007, the Chinese Embassy in the UK held the reception for 2007 Shanghai Special Olympics World Summer Games. About 200 Chinese and foreign guests, including Mme. Sarah Brown, wife of the Prime Minister of UK, and Lord McCartney, former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, warmly celebrated the coming 12th Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai and wish the UK delegation for the Special Olympics World Summer Games a success.

        Lawrie McMenemy, Chairman of Special Olympics of UK and H.E. Mme. Ambassador Fu Ying delivered speeches respectively. Lawrie McMenemy, expressed sincere thanks to the Chinese Embassy for the thankful preparation of the reception for the UK delegation and called for the public to give more care and support to the people with mental handicap. McMenemy introduced the preparation of UK for the Shanghai Special Olympics World Summer Games and had close interactive exchanges with the athlete representatives, which aroused the applauses of the guests and the atmosphere of the party was warm and harmonious.

Fu Ying warmly welcomed the UK delegation to come to the Chinese Embassy and expressed special thanks to Sarah Brown for attending. Fu Ying said that the Shanghai Special Olympics World Summer Games is the first one held in China, Asia and even the whole developing countries after the beginning of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. China will hold three Olympic Games in 12 months, the Special Olympics World Summer Games is the first one, and the Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will be held next year. The Special Olympics World Summer Games are of special meanings to China, she believed the citizens of Shanghai could offer a perfect Special Olympics World Summer Games to the world with their efforts and passion. She said there were 170 million people with mental handicap all over the world and the amount in China is 13 million. China is vigorously building a harmonious society, which is a perfect match to the spirit of "equality, progress and tolerance" advocated by the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Shanghai Special Olympics World Summer Games will not only provide a stage for the self-presentation of the people with mental handicap and enhance the confidence of the competitors and their family members to face the life with optimism, but also further inspire the care and support of the Chinese and world public to the course of special Olympics and the people with mental handicap. At last, Fu Ying completed her speech with the slogan of the Special Olympics World Summer Games-"I know I can", she encouraged the UK athletes to achieve good results and hoped they have a good time in Shanghai.

      During the reception, Fu Ying had a close conversation with Sarah Brown. Sarah Brown expressed her thanks to Fu Ying for inviting her and listened to with great interest the introduction about the design of the torch for the Special Olympics World Summer Games. She said that she was very happy to come to the Chinese Embassy for the first time and she had a happy night. She said that the Chinese Embassy held an event with multiple contents and positive social meanings; as a mother, she deeply understood the pressure and difficulties faced by the people with mental handicap and their family members, she was willing to drive the society to give more care and help to such a special group with her own participation. Sarah Brown also wished Shanghai Special Olympics World Summer Games a success.

        After the reception, Fu Ying gave the joint interview to China Radio International and the local Chinese media.

Special Olympics World Summer Games are international welfare games participated by people with mental handicap, the first Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Chicago of USA in 1968. The coming Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held from October 2, 2007 to October 11, 2007 in Shanghai, there are 21 competition items, 4 performance items and more than 10 non-sport items with special Olympic features. 10,000 athletes and coaches have enrolled for this Special Olympics World Summer Games till now. Nearly 60,000 athletes, family members, professionals and volunteers from 160 countries and regions will participate. On July 4, 2007, the Organizing Committee for Shanghai Special Olympics World Summer Games and Special Olympics Great Britain successfully held the torch relay by referees of the 2007 Shanghai Special Olympics World Summer Games.

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