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Nepal's Athletes and People Laud Beijing Games
    2008-08-27 02:01:37     Xinhua

The athletes and people of Nepal have hailed the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which ended Sunday, as a grand success.

"It is the first Olympic Games I took part in. The outstanding event has brought me a lot of joy," veteran Nepali taekwondo player Deepak Bista told Xinhua after arriving in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

"It was the best Olympics ever. I did not imagine that it would be so excellent. I was very happy to participate in it," he added.

"The Chinese people are helpful and patriotic. I will never forget their hospitality," he said, adding that he did not have any difficulties during his stay in Beijing.

"The atmosphere of the Olympic Village was the best. The volunteers treated us with respect. Our problems were all resolved. And we were served good food."

Another athlete, Arjun Basnet, said the Beijing Olympics was the most unforgettable sports event of his life.

"Every player dreams of joining the Olympics. The Beijing Games was so amazing that no one will forget it," he said.

"China organized a high-tech opening and closing ceremony. They worked hard and showed good discipline."

Basnet also expressed appreciation for the help and support shown to participants by the volunteers and authorities at the Games.

"One of my teammates lost her camera in the Olympic Village. A volunteer found it and brought to our apartment. I found them very honest and cooperative," he said.

"Players could travel freely in the city (Beijing), which is very attractive and colorful."

Bista, Basnet and the six other athletes who represented the Himalayan country did not win any medal at the Games.

"The Nepali people hoped I could bring back a medal but my first opponent was a world champion. It was hard for me to make a happy ending," said Bista.

"I had no hope for a medal. Investment for players from our country is not enough. But it was a great experience," said Basnet.

Nepal first participated in the Olympics at the Tokyo Games in 1964 but has failed to win a medal since then.

However, that did not stop thousands of Nepalis from being glued to their television sets and enjoying the sports carnival in the neighboring country.

"I enjoyed the Olympics very much. China performed best both in organizing and playing," said Shyam Koirala, a student from Kathmandu. "It was a perfect event, the best ever."

Nepal's new Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Prachanda attended the closing ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing, which marked his first foreign visit after being elected in August.



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What do you think will impress foreign visitors the most during the Beijing Olympics?
The friendliness of the Beijing people
The Water Cube and other Olympic venues
The Forbidden City
The Great Wall
Beijing "siheyuan" (Chinese traditional courtyard houses)
Peking Opera
Wangfujing Street
Beijing Roast Duck