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In pictures: Beijing prepares for Olympics
'Missed opportunity'

Liu Ziyan has a special reason to be interested in the Olympics - the 14-year-old table tennis player hopes to compete at a future games.

As a student at the Chinese capital's Shichahai Sports School, she practises every day, going home only at weekends.

Although she will not be involved in next year's Olympics, she still wants to go and watch some events.

"It would be a missed opportunity if I didn't go to the Olympics in my own city," she says.

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