(, April 17) -- A total of 428 cheerleaders for the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games were confirmed recently.
Among them 364 were picked through contests jointly organized by the Cultural Activities Department of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad () and the Gymnastics Managing Center of the General Administration of Sport.
According to the plan, ten venue clusters in Beijing will have cheerleading performances during the Olympic Games from August 8 to 24. They are: the northern area of the Olympic Green venue cluster; the National Stadium; the Olympic Sports Center venue cluster; the Laoshan bike venue cluster; the Wukesong venue cluster; the Capital Indoor Stadium; the Workers' Stadium; the Workers' Indoor Arena; the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gymnasium; and the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground.
They involve 17 sports, including: hockey, archery, table tennis, athletics (including marathon and race walking), football, handball, water polo, modern pentathlon (equestrian, running and swimming), bicycling, BMX, baseball, basketball, volleyball, boxing, weightlifting and beach volleyball.
In line with the arrangements of the venues, the cheerleaders will conduct specific training beginning June 15.