During his working visit to the People’s Republic of China, President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Sergey Bubka and his colleague Liu Peng signed the Memorandum of Understanding.
According to the Memorandum the NOC of Ukraine and Olympic Committee of China will strengthen friendly relations between two countries in the field of sports. In particular, it is envisaged the exchange of experts and research in the field of sports science and medicine, books on physical education, as well as information, knowledge and experience in sports events organization. Both sides will cooperate in the fight against doping and unsportsmanlike behavior.
The key point is joint training of the Ukrainian and Chinese athletes in preparation for the second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014 and other events. Memorandum is valid for four years.
It should be noted that the Olympic Committees of Ukraine and China have had a similar experience, having signed the Memorandum in 2005. At that time the Ukrainian athletes preparing for the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, participated in the training camps and test events that took place in China.
"I am very pleased that we are continuing our cooperation", Sergei Bubka said during the signing. "A new, confident, more successful era comes in our cooperation. Ukraine and China as a powerful sporting nations of the world have much for mutual action to promote the Olympic movement. Both countries can share their rich experience and skills. China has given the world a fantastic Olympic Games, which will remain forever in our memory. There is no doubt that the second Youth Olympic Games will be successful as well."
"The Memorandum will further strengthen our cooperation", the head of the Olympic Movement in China Liu Peng stated. "Both countries have much to learn from each other in the field of sport. Ukraine has a glorious sports tradition in athletics, aquatic sports, handball, fencing and others. I am grateful to the International Olympic Committee and Sergey Bubka, who is a legend for our residents, for supporting the sport in China."
During his visit to China Sergey Bubka also took part in the opening ceremony of the Juan Antonio Samaranch Memorial in the megapolis of Tianjin, located 200 km from Beijing.