President Xi received the IAAF Golden Order of Merit from Lamine Diack, president of International Association of Athletics Federations, on Saturday, an hour before the opening of 15th IAAF World Championships.
Xi said China hopes to contribute to world athletics by hosting the biennial world championships.
Diack spoke highly of China’s contribution to the overall development of world sports, and expressed the IAAF’s wish to strengthen cooperation with China.
The world championships will run through Aug. 30. More than 1,900 athletes from 207 countries and regions are competing in 47 disciplines.