Beijing hosted the 29th Summer Olympic Games from August 8 to 24, 2008 and the 13th Paralympic Games from September 6 to 17. More than 60,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 204 countries and regions participated in the Games, setting 43 world records and 132 Olympic records. Then International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge said the Beijing Olympic Games were “truly exceptional Games.” The photo shows the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games staged at the National Stadium in Beijing on Aug. 24, 2008.


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