BEIJING, Apr 10 (Agencies): Hailing the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics as a success that would “once again go down in history,” Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called on the country to carry forward the spirit of the Winter Games to gather momentum for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
China has honored its solemn promise to present the world with a streamlined, safe and splendid Games, said Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, at a grand gathering to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the Winter Games.
A total of 148 units and 148 individuals were commended at the gathering, held at the Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing.
Before the gathering, Xi met with representatives of the awarded, and participated in a group photo.
Li Keqiang presided over the gathering and other Chinese leaders, including Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan, also attended the event.
The facts have proven again that Chinese people not only have the willingness and determination to make contributions to advancing the Olympic movement and promoting solidarity and friendship among peoples across the world, but also have the ability and enthusiasm to make even greater contributions, Xi said.
He also pledged to carry forward the Olympic spirit, ensure the Olympic Games play an important role in promoting peace and development, and offer more Chinese wisdom and Chinese strength to the progress of human civilization.