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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

President Arrives in China

 prez arrives in china

Shenzhen, China, Thursday 11 August: His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau arrived at Shenzhen International Airport at 3.15pm today, Thursday 11 August, to a red carpet reception for the opening ceremony of the 26th Shenzhen Summer Universiade and the bilateral meeting with the President of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Hu Jintao, which is scheduled on Friday, 12 August.

Over 7,500 athletes and 3,500 accompanying officials from 147 countries and regions had registed for the 26th Summer Universiade.

According to the organizers, there will be 26,000 games volunteers and 250,000 city volunteers involved in the event.

Close to 3,000 journalists from 297 media organizations have registered to report on the tournament and around 2,000 additional media support staff are also expected to attend.

About 2,466 technical officials have been appointed and among them are 402 international technical officials, 1,536 national technical officers, 322 accompanying umpires, 19 anti-doping technology officials and 19 others.

Fiji is represented in the Games by the following:

1. James Gouldings, Manager and Coach of the team
2. Leslie Copeland, Javelin
3. Banuve Tabakaucoro, Athletics, 100 & 200 metres
4. Ratutira Narara, Athletics, 400 metres
5. Varasiko Toge Tomeru, Athletics, 800 and 1500 metres
6. Eugene Vollmer, Long Jump/Triple jump