Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior leaders met the Chinese sports delegation1 at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday afternoon.
Xi said the Chinese athletes and coaches have demonstrated the Olympic spirit and the spirit of Chinese sports with their brilliant performances at the Rio Olympic Games and they have brought glory to the country and helped raise the nation's confidence.
Also present at the meeting were Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli, all members of the Standing2 Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
The Chinese women's volleyball team put a perfect ending to China's Olympic campaign, beating Serbia 3-1 to win the coveted3 gold medal which China last won in 2004.
China swept 26 gold, 18 silver and 26 bronze medals at Rio, ranking among the top three on the medal or gold medal tally4.
"You have written a new chapter in Chinese sports history," Xi told the Chinese delegation.
Xi praised the Chinese Olympians for being "goodwill5 envoys6" during their exchanges with athletes from all over the world, as well as with international sports organizations.
He also hailed the Chinese Olympians as great athletes with sporting morals and role models for the Chinese youth.
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