British Olympic Association (BOA) Chairman Colin Moynihan and members of the BOA Management Team hosted a delegation of senior officials from the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) at the BOA Headquarters in Central London on 27 July.
The meeting of representatives from the two National Olympic Committees for the most recent and upcoming Summer Games took place on the One Year To Go countdown date to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Chinese Olympic Committee delegation was led by Mr. Liu Peng, Minister of Sport & President of the COC; Mr. Song Luzeng, Secretary General, Director General, External Affairs Dept.; and Mr. Ni Huizhong, Deputy Secretary General.
Leaders from the BOA and COC discussed opportunities for closer cooperation between the two National Olympic Committees, particularly a research project based upon the affects of being a host nation and the sporting legacy of the Games for both sporting excellence and sport for all. It was also agreed to consider furthering work on a youth sport exchange programme across a variety of Olympic sports, both summer and winter.
BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan said:
"I was delighted to host President Peng and his colleagues at the BOA offices, especially with One Year To Go, as both organisations share the very unique experience of being a host nation. We discussed various issues and will now build upon the cooperation which the two countries forged four years ago in Beijing. The Chinese Olympic Committee undertook to ensure a robust legacy plan and we can learn from their experiences, specifically focussing on continued success of our Team GB athletes post London and supporting long term opportunities for young people to take part in sport."