SCIO press conference on preparations for Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games

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Chen Wenjun:

Thanks to Ms. Zheng Bei. I will give the floor to Mr. Wang Fengchao.

Wang Fengchao:

Ladies and gentlemen, and friends from the media, good morning! There are 100 days to go before the grand opening of the 31st FISU World University Games in Chengdu. This will be the first comprehensive international sports event held in western China. Since Chengdu won the bid to host the event, we have thoroughly acted upon General Secretary Xi Jinping's major expositions on sports and fully implemented the requirement of holding a "simple, safe, and splendid" event. In pursuit of excellence through constant improvement, we have spared no effort to push forward the preparation work and strived to present to the world a grand event for youth with unique charms and splendors.

First, we have made every effort to improve the facilities. We have been committed to the idea of whole-process organization of the games and promoted efficient and intensive use of resources and sustainable development. A total of 36 venues were reconstructed from existing venues, which will all be open to citizens when they are not occupied by matches. We will widely apply the environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient, smart, and intelligent technologies in catering, accommodation, transportation, training, and competitions and make an overall plan to manage the Universiade heritage so as to continue to deliver the comprehensive benefits of the games.

Second, we have comprehensively strengthened the organization of the games and ensured cultural exchanges. The general schedule and regulations concerning 18 major events and 269 minor events have been revised and issued. The selection and dispatch of technical committee chairs, and competition directors and managers have been completed. We are working on identifying gaps, improving weaknesses, and optimizing the organization of the games by means of table-top exercises and actual practices. We have made preparations for major events such as the opening and closing ceremony and the torch relay and will organize a city experience tour to visit the Jinsha Ruins site and the Dujiangyan irrigation system to create platforms for university students to enhance friendship and build bridges for mutual learning and exchanges between different cultures.

Third, we have upheld the principle of hosting the games, managing the city, and benefiting the people throughout the whole process. We have made extensive efforts to carry out cultural, sports, entertaining and sightseeing activities to present a dynamic and vibrant Chengdu, and advanced development of various areas and organic renovation and upgrading to improve the function, quality, and image of the city on all fronts. People have widely participated in public fitness programs, with 9.4 million people regularly exercising throughout the city. The Universiade has brought more vitality and meaning to Chengdu, "a park city at the foot of snow mountains and a prosperous city full of happiness."

Hello, friends from the media. Chengdu is one of the first national historical and cultural cities in China. It is an open, pluralistic city with vitality and vigor. It is constructing a park city demonstration zone that embodies the new development concept. At present, over 21 million citizens in Chengdu are enthusiastically anticipating this great event. We sincerely invite friends from all over the world to meet in Chengdu and make their dreams come true. They can enjoy the games, make friends, and personally experience the charm of the city. Whoever visits Chengdu will not want to leave and will want to come back again to visit. Thank you.

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