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Beijing Olympic Games Picture Exhibition

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Gaborone, August 11(BOPA): The Chinese Embassy held a Beijing Olympic Games picture exhibition at the national museum on Friday. The exhibition marked the opening of the Olympic Games taking place in China.

The exhibition was sponsored by the Chinese Embassy. The theme of the show was "Botswana in the eyes of Chinese". As there are thousands of Chinese residing in Botswana, the Ambassador of China Ding Xiaowen said that the photo show will encourage the Chinese to learn more about Botswana.

Both China and Botswana pictures were hung on the wall and Ding Xiaowen said Chinese newspapers and magazines will publish the pictures. He said this will impress millions of Chinese back home, and soon Botswana will be filled with Chinese tourists.

"Beijing Olympic Games would become a unique and high quality one and satisfy the Olympic family with support of the world community, including Botswana," said Ding Xiaowen.

The Ambassador said China has done her best to prepare for the Olympic Games. He wished the Botswana team well in games, and said he is optimistic that Team Botswana will bring home a couple of medals.

Therefore, the Chinese Embassy, in conjunction with Chinese companies and individuals has set up a prize fund to inspire the Botswana athletes taking part in the games.

Each of the athletes got P2 000 from the Chinese Embassy, as their shopping allowance in Beijing. In addition to this, winners and finalists will receive prizes too. A gold medal winner will get P50 000, silver winner P30 000, bronze P20 000 and those who make it to the finals will get P10 000.

Addressing the audience at the same exhibition, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Samuel Outlule said he was touched and humbled by the depiction of different parts of Botswana in pictures, by the Chinese people in Botswana.

Outlule said the pictures are more meaningful to Batswana if expressed so beautifully by foreigners.

He said the Olympics are the greatest sporting event which brings together the best of the athletes and serve to bring humanity closer together.

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