Na­tional Games for a Healthy China

China Pictorial (English) - - Express News -

Au­gust 27, Tian­jin: The caul­dron is lit at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 13th Chi­nese Na­tional Games, dubbed China’s “mini-olympics.” Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping de­clared the open­ing of the event. Among those present at the cer­e­mony was Pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) Thomas Bach, who’s on a visit to Bei­jing in­spect­ing the prepa­ra­tions for the 2022 Win­ter Games. This year, the qua­dren­nial Games, themed “Na­tional Games for a Healthy China,” drew a to­tal of 12,721 ath­letes to par­tic­i­pate in 417 events across 33 sports, plus 7,620 ama­teurs in 126 events of 19 mass pro­grams.

The coun­try’s top com­pre­hen­sive sport gala, in­au­gu­rated in 1959, serves as an im­por­tant oc­ca­sion for ath­letes to test their met­tle for the up­com­ing 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and to nur­ture fu­ture stars.


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