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06 Jan 2004
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Beijing 2008: Secondary School Olympic Reader

On 1 January 2004, which was also the 141st birthday of Baron Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937), the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Beijing Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) published the first edition of Secondary School Olympic Reader. The publishing ceremony was held at Beijing No. 4 High School.

Education one of the key factors
Long Xinmin, Deputy Party Secretary of Beijing Municipal Government, noted in his speech at the publishing ceremony that education is one of the key factors of the Olympic Movement. The first day of 2004 is also the 141st birthday of Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. Coubertin persisted in the concept of combining sport, education and culture into one, which led the Olympic Games to becoming an inspiring social event. The modern Olympic Games have been deeply enriched over the generations. The Olympic Games seek to inspire and educate the younger generation in many new aspects, which in return will help make contributions to the construction of world peace.

Special New Year's Gift
Long Xinmin said that the Secondary School Olympic Reader is a special New Year’s gift that BOCOG has presented to Beijing secondary school students. BOCOG hopes the book will help the young people further enhance their Olympic knowledge and interest in the Olympic Games. Long Xinmin hopes that Beijing’s youth will be fully prepared to welcome the best Olympic Games ever in Beijing.

Available to secondary students nationwide
The Secondary School Olympic Reader is the first official educational publication of BOCOG. BOCOG organised two separate groups of experts and scholars who are specialised in research related to the Olympic Games in order to compile and finalise the text. BOCOG expects to publish similar books in the future, targeted at different reader groups. The first batch of copies of the Secondary School Olympic Reader will be available to secondary students nationwide.

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