David Saura (special correspondent)
Juan Antonio Samaranch was honoured before the game in the Bird’s Nest Stadium this afternoon as Beijing celebrated the second anniversary of the 2008 Olympic Games.
The game had a strong Olympic symbolism and the figure of Juan Antonio Samaranch, Honarary
President of the International Olympic Committee and Barça club member was to the fore before the
game as he received homage from the Chinese public.
A video montage of some of the most important moments of
Samaranch’s life, including his announcement of Peking’s successful 2008 bid, was shown
in the Stadium before the game and his granddaughter Anna Eugènia Gras Samaranch, travelled to the
game from India to kick off the game. The fans gave her a warm welcome in a city where Samaranch is
held in very high esteem.