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The 13th National Winter Games of China Kick Off

On January 20, the 13thNational Winter Games officially opened in Urumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region.Liu Yandong, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and VicePremier of the State Council, attended the Opening Ceremony to inaugurate the Games.Photo by Zhao Ge from Xinhua News Agency

Special sports dispatch (by He Jun andGao Peng), Xinhua News Agency, Urumqi, January 20 The 13th National Winter Games unveiled inUrumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region on the afternoon of the 20th ofJanuary. Liu Yandong, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC CentralCommittee and Vice Premier of the State Council, attended the Opening Ceremonyto inaugurate the Games.

Zhang Chunxian, Member of the PoliticalBureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Xinjiang AutonomousRegion Committee, gave a welcoming address.

Liu Peng, Minister of the GeneralAdministration of Sport of China and Director of the Organising Committee forthe 13th National Winter Games, gave an opening address. The OpeningCeremony was presided over by Xuekelaiti Zhaker, Chairman of Xinjiang AutonomousRegion and Executive Director of the Organizing Committee for the 13thNational Winter Games. The Opening Ceremony performance included three chapters— “Serendipity in Ice and Snow”, “Love of Tianshan” and “Chinese Dream” underthe theme of “Snow and Ice-Covered Tianshan, and Silk Road under the Sunshine”,presenting a vibrant and grandiose Xinjiang.

During her time at the Opening Ceremony,Liu Yandong toured the facilities, watched the Games, received athletes,coaches, referees, volunteers, security staff and representatives of newsoutlets, and extended good wishes for the Chinese New Year to all. She pointedout that this year’s Winter Games are the very first national ice and snowevent since China won the right to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. It isthe first national games in the starting year of the “13th Five-YearPlan” and the first winter games to venture out of northeast China and be heldin an ethnic minority territory on the western border, thus is of particularsignificance to the advancement of winter sports, building a healthy China andachieving an all-round well-off society. She thanked the CPC Xinjiang Committee,the government and members of the public of all ethnic backgrounds for makingit possible to host the winter games. She urged the competing athletes to playout the Chinese sportsmanship and deliver their best performance in competitions,win in terms of both the competition and spiritual civilization, so as to honetheir skills and accumulate experience for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Sheencouraged everyone to act as the promoter of ice and snow culture to guide thepublic, youths in particular, to get actively involved in the sport and maketheir due contributions to getting 300 million Chinese to partake in ice andsnow sports and promoting public fitness. She required all stakeholders touphold the philosophies of green, shared, open and non-corrupt hosting of the Gamesand meticulously organize the events and work hard to deliver marvelous,successful, joyous, peaceful, and frugal Winter Games.

This year’s Games lasted 11 days and wereattended by 1,388 athletes from 52 delegations nationwide. A total of 97 goldmedals will be awarded.

A staff memberdisplays the mascot of the 13th National Winter Games

On January 20,the Opening Ceremony of the 13th National Winter Games took place atthe Xinjiang Ice Sports Center. Wang Jie (left), torch bearer of the firstbaton, and Abuduxikur Mijieti, present the torch. Photo by Fei Maohua fromXinhua News Agency

Performance atthe Opening Ceremony

On January 20,the Opening Ceremony of the 13th National Winter Games took place atthe Xinjiang Ice Sports Center. Adili, torch bearer of the last baton, ignitesthe torch. Photo by Fei Maohua from Xinhua News Agency

January 20: staff took pictures in front of the maintorch. The 13th National Winter Games opened in Urumqi, Xinjiang onthe same day. Photo by Tao Xiyi from Xinhua News Agency


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