|Ambassador Fu Ying's Remarks at Reception for the Opening of Beijing Olympics at Chinese Embassy|
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for coming to share this moment of great celebration with us. As the Chinese President said in
This is a moment 1.3 billion people in
Let me explain why the Chinese see the Beijing Olympics as a hundred year old dream fulfilled.
In July 1908 one hundred years ago, the Olympics opened in
Some Chinese youth took note of the Olympics held five thousand miles away here in
"When will Chinese athletes win a gold medal in the Olympics?"
His first question was answered 24 years later in 1932 when
76 years later, Xu Haifeng won the first gold medal for
Exactly one hundred years later in
Most of all, this is a celebration of sports.
For the Chinese, we would like to have as many gold medals as possible. But I don't think we should give the athletes too much pressure. Being there on home ground is exciting already.
The success of
After the Beijing Games, the spotlight would be on
At this moment, the most important thing is for
As the clock is ticking for the opening, let me give you a few tips about the ceremony and what viewers can look forward to from the big feast Zhang Yimao cooked for us. He commented that this would be the only opportunity in his life to surprise the world.
1. How is he going to reflect the diversity of
2. How is he going to balance
3. Who is going to sing the Olympic theme song? The song was selected from among tens of thousands of entries through a process of fierce competition. Even our former Foreign Minister wrote an Olympic song. Now the song will be judged by the 4 billion viewers of the world.
The singers would be Liu Huan and Sarah Brightman and is supposed to be a marriage of the East with the West.
4. Who is going to be the flag bearer for the Chinese team? The result of the voting is already out and it is Yao Ming.
5. The climax of the opening ceremony and also its most guarded secret is who is going to light the Olympic flame. The voting in
On top of the list is He Zhenliang, who was instrumental in
We will all be watching how these secrets unveil in the coming hours.
The whole ceremony would be 3 and a half hours. Please take some Lunch as you are watching. We will have some fantastic raffles during the event. The special prize should be drawn at around 2:25pm, before some of you leave, as you may need to go back to the office.
Without further ado, let's all raise our glass and drink to