Justine Henin’s main objective is to win gold (Olympic Snippets)

May 8th, 2008 - 2:01 pm ICT by admin  

Berlin, May 8 (Xinhua) World No.1 tennis player Justine Henin says she would play for Belgium at the Beijing Olympics and winning the gold medal would be her main goal. “Playing in Beijing is one of my main objectives this year,” Henin said at the German Open here. At the Athens Olympics in 2004, Henin beat French star Amelie Mauresmo 6-3, 6-3 to seal the women’s singles title, the only gold medal for the Belgian delegation in Athens. Recalling her performance, Henin said that was a “fantastic” moment, and she hopes she could repeat the golden moment in Beijing later this year. “I’ll play for my country and win the medal,” she said.

The Olympics will be held Aug 8-24.

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China Red Cross Society moves to serve Games

Beijing: The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) is launching a week-long philanthropy campaign here to coincide with the World Red Cross Day Thursday, with activities mostly focussed on volunteer work for the Beijing Olympics in August.

The campaign, under the theme of “Joining hands for humanitarian work and serving the Olympics”, features galas, emergency aid rehearsals and knowledge contests. Meanwhile, RCSC is organising other activities in other Olympics host cities including distributing in each city 150,000 pamphlets on first aid and getting involved with logo design, said Lei Shumin, a RCSC official.

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World’s biggest passenger aircraft to fly to Beijing

Beijing: The world’s biggest aircraft, A380, will be operated on one of the three regular flights from Singapore to Beijing during the first week of August to meet the expected passenger surge during the Olympics. A total of 5.56 million people are expected to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport during the Games.

From Aug 2 to 8, the A380 flight will leave Singapore at 8:30 a.m. and reach Beijing at 2:40 p.m., according to the Singapore Airlines Beijing Office. The return flight will take off from Beijing at 5:05 p.m. and arrive in Singapore at 11:20 p.m. Singapore Airlines is the first and the only carrier that operates the A380. It operates the aircraft from Singapore to Sydney and London.

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Olympics photo exhibition opens in Ukraine

Kiev: A photo exhibition named ‘Beijing Welcomes You’ has drawn 200 representatives from the Ukrainian government, media groups and people from all walks of life. The exhibition features nearly 90 pictures depicting traditional Chinese architecture and culture, the Olympics facilities, Beijing’s infrastructure construction, as well as the nation’s enthusiasm for the Games.

The Beijing Olympics torch relay has already passed through more than 20 cities across the world and all the preparatory work for the Olympics has been completed, said Zhou Li, Chinese ambassador to Ukraine, who co-presided over the opening ceremony.

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Mongolian PM expresses support for Olympics

Ulan Bator: The Olympic Games should be kept away from politics and the Beijing Olympics should not be boycotted in any form, Mongolian Prime Minister Sanj Bayar said here Thursday.

“Mongolia has attended the Olympic Games since 1964. To spread the spirit of Olympic Games and advance mutual amity is our aim and I’m pleased to see the 29th Olympic Games will be held in our friendly neighbour country China,” Bayar said. In all, 26 Mongolian athletes have qualified for the Games.

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