Paris 2012 announced today that nineteen Chinese celebrities
have officially joined the "Club des ambassadeurs de Paris 2012", reinforcing
the huge support that Paris has received in its Bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic
Games in 2012.
The Paris 2012 Chinese ambassadors represent a broad range of interest areas and professions. The cultural world
is represented by actress Xu Jing Lei, actor Geng Le, violinist Lin Zhao Yang,
dancers Ho Hong Lan and Jing Xing, singers Ding Wei and Lin Yi Lun and director
Jiang Wen. The fashion industry includes participation by top models Lu Yan and
Hu Bing. The business community is well represented by Serge Dumont (Springford
Investments), Alan Liu (Red Door Public Relations), Li Dong Sheng (TCL), Wang
Yan (SINA.com), and Zhang Yue (Broad Air Conditioning). Media are equally involved
through the support of the following press experts: Hong Huang (press group I
Look), Su Mang (Bazaar Magazine), Daisy Wang (Communications Magazine) and Chen
Yi (Economic Daily).
Most of the ambassadors attended a reception today at the French Embassy in Beijing, officially marking their support for Paris
2012. They were greeted and thanked by the French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin,
currently in China for an official visit.
Actor Geng Le declared: "The Year of France in China has already enabled numerous Chinese people to
discover the richness of the French culture. Paris is the city of culture, the
city of light, and I know that the French Capital would organize and celebrate
with style, class and distinction, a memorable Olympic and Paralympic Games in
Dancer Ho Hong Lan added: "I am happy to show my support for Paris 2012 by becoming a member of the Club
des ambassadeurs. I am convinced that sport and culture play a major role in joining
countries and people together, enabling positive exchanges to be multiplied. I
will carry on supporting L’Amour des Jeux in China as best I can".
About the Club des ambassadeurs de Paris 2012
Officially created in January 2005, the Club des ambassadeurs de Paris 2012 has gathered together celebrities from
the entire world who, because they have significant relations with France or Paris,
wish to contribute personally to the project that mobilizes a huge majority of
the French people to welcome the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2012.
The Club des ambassadeurs de Paris 2012 has gathered sportsmen, artists and opinion leaders from across five continents.
These individuals have joined forces with their French counterparts, who represent
some of the most recognized athletes, in support of the Paris Bid. This includes
Laure Manaudou (swimming), Alain Mimoun, Marie-José Pérec and Michel Jazy (athletics),
Jackson Richardson (handball), David Douillet (judo), four-time Paralympic Champion
Assia El Hannouni, and football players Zinedine Zidane and David Ginola, in support
of the Paris Bid.