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UK office marks countdown to Olympics

KAOHSIUNG--The British Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan marked the 100-day countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games yesterday with a 100-meter race in Kaohsiung involving 100 local students and Taiwanese Olympic athletes.

“There are 100 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Games, so all around the world today, we're doing special events like this to mark the countdown,” David Campbell, the director of the Taipei-based office, told CNA in the southern city.

Britain is all set and prepared to welcome the world to what promises to be the greatest show on earth, he added at the activity, which was attended by Sports Minister Tai Hsia-ling.

Speaking at the event, which took place at the National Sports Training Center, Tai encouraged Taiwan's athletes and instructors to hang in there and try their hardest in the upcoming spectacle.

“With more persistence, more efforts and sacrifices, we will definitely do better than four years ago,” Tai said.

According to the British office, 100 embassies and high commissions around the world are holding sporting events Wednesday to mark and celebrate the approaching of the event.

Each office has come up with its own idea, employees from the Taipei office said, adding that photos of the global campaign will be posted on the website of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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A group of 100 athletes and local students count down to the London 2012 Olympics in Kaohsiung, yesterday, 100 days before the Games begin. The group celebrated the countdown by taking part in a 100-meter race, hosted by the British Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan.

(CNA)

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