Interest in the nation’s athletes competing in international sporting events reached a record 87.2 percent this year due partly to their performance at the Sydney Olympic Games, according to a survey by the Prime Minister’s Office released Saturday.

The survey on physical fitness and sports, carried out in October, also shows that about 80 percent support official assistance for the country’s athletes, such as establishing a national sports center to enhance their performance.

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