Juan Antonio Samaranch, Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee poses with students of the Affiliated High School of the Central Academy of Art and Design in Beijing, August 24, 2008. The students of the school gave their artworks including paper cuttings and paintings as gifts to Samaranch during his visit to the school on Sunday
Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Juan Antonio Samaranch said that the 29th Olympic Games of Beijing was the best one of his life.
"I have attended many Olympic Games since Helsinki 1952, Finland and the ones of Beijing 2008 have been the best I have ever seen," Samaranch said as quoted by Mexican daily El Sol de Mexico on Monday.
Successful Olympic Games need three things: good organization and facilities, a good local sports delegation, and people's enthusiasm, and China fulfilled all of them, Samaranch said.
China achieved "good organization and facilities and it has presented to the world the best stadium and swimming pool of the world," Samaranch said.
"China achieved very good results. They are the first at the gold medal table," Samaranch said.
And the enthusiasm of the Chinese people was seen on the thousands volunteers who participated during Beijing 2008.
Samaranch also said that the Olympic Games of London 2012 will be different, they "will have their own personality", so there is not a point to compare London 2012 with Beijing 2008.
(Xinhua News Agency August 25, 2008)