Special report: 2008 Olympic Games
Members of the German Olympic Delegation look at Fuwa Huanhuan, an Olympic mascot, at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, August 2, 2008. The German Olympic Delegation arrived at Beijing on Saturday.(Xinhua/Chen Changqi)
BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- More than 2,500 athletes
have checked into the Beijing Olympic Village before noon here on Friday.
Yang Cuisong, press manager of the Olympic Village,
said that a total of 2,499 athletes from 141 delegations have moved into the
village by July 31.
Among the villagers are some 80 athletes from China's
hockey teams and baseball team. And other Chinese teams will move in later under
their respective competition schedule.
After host China, Benin and Honduras had their
flag-raising ceremonies in the morning while Morocco and Turkmenistan held their
ceremonies at the village in the afternoon.