First Olympic delegation arrives in Beijing

2008-07-27 04:50:34 GMT       2008-07-27 12:50:34 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

A volunteer shows the way for Polish Olympic delegation at Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, July 27, 2008. First batch of Polish Olympic delegation, the first of delegations to the Beijing Olympic Games, arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport Sunday, marking the beginning of mass Olympic arrival which China is poised to welcome in the coming days. (Xinhua Photo)

A member of Polish Olympic delegation waves at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, July 27, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

An athlete of Polish Olympic delegation waves at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, July 27, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

A member of Polish Olympic delegation waves to journalists at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, July 27, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhua) -- The Polish delegation, the first of -the delegations to the Beijing Olympic Games, arrived at the Beijing Capital International Airport around 6:35 am on Sunday, marking the beginning of mass Olympic arrival which China is poised to welcome in the coming days.

The 42 Poles were the first batch of Poland's 400-plus Beijing Olympic delegation, including 268 athletes, said sources close to the delegation.

The delegation to the Beijing Games is reported to be Poland's largest since the Moscow Olympics in 1980.

Among the arrivals were canoers, weigh-lifters and volleyball players. Also aboard the LO091 flight were Poland's handball team members who stepped off at the airport for a transfer to Seoul, South Korea, for training.

Otylia Jedrzejczak, women's 200 butterfly gold medallist in Athens, also made a transfer at the airport for pre-games training in Japan.

Earlier, a few members of the Polish Olympic delegation, including several rowers, had already arrived in China. And the remaining of the Polish delegation will arrive on two planes days later, the sources said.

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