THE Chinese Olympic team is a gong strike away from making Uxbridge its base for the 2012 games.
Delegates from the Chinese Olympic Committee paid a hush-hush visit to the town and Brunel Universit, to investigate the idea of basing themselves here for the London Games or for a pre-Games training camp.
The delegates were given a tour of the university's top class athletics facilities, and the soon-to-be-opened Olympic-sized swimming pool at Uxbridge Lido, off Gatting Way.
The delegation of five was led by Professor Tian Ye, president of the Chinese Institute of Sports Science, who was believed to be impressed with Brunel's facilities.
Professor Ian Campbell, who is leading Brunel's 2012 programmes, said: "It has been very important for Brunel to host a delegation from the
Chinese Olympic Committee.
"We are very encouraged by their enthusiasm to build a long-term partnership in the areas of pre-Games training camps and sports science support services, and we look forward to developing this relationship over the coming months."
The university, in Kingston Lane, has a rocketing Chinese student population, and there is a social club - the
Great Wall Society of Brunel.
China hosted the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing and topped the medal table.
It has the largest team of all competing countries. Birmingham announced last year that it had secured the US Olympic team for its pre-Games training. **What do you think of the Chinese Olympic squad potentially coming to Uxbridge? Email editorialuxbridge@ trinitysouth.co.uk.