Beijing opens city's first winter games

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Beijing's first-ever winter games opened Wednesday at Wukesong Gymnasium. Municipal Party Secretary Cai Qi announced the opening of the games, and Mayor Chen Jining delivered an opening remark.

In his speech, Chen said that holding the winter games is a concrete measure to implement the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress and the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speeches regarding Beijing, and is a test for Beijing's capacities in competitive ice and snow sports. It is also the stage for the public to realize their dreams of competing on snow and ice.

He said he hopes all the participants will carry forward the spirit of sports and ethics, and compete full-heartedly. Chen also stressed the necessity to persist in running competitions in a green, shared, open, and clean manner, and he urged all relevant departments to do a solid and meticulous job in all fields and strive to turn the city’s first winter games into a sports event with a high level of competition, a good spirit, and a warm and exciting outlook.

The mayor emphasized in his speech that all districts and departments and units should make concerted efforts to ignite the public's passion for snow and ice sports, and make positive contributions to the successful hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing.

After the athletes, coaches, and referees were sworn in, more than 3,000 audiences saw a colorful ice sports exhibition and an exhibition game presented by men's U15 hockey teams from Haidian and Xicheng districts.

As the first comprehensive event of winter sports at the highest level in Beijing, the competition will be held until January next year. The competition is divided into two categories, one for professional athletes and the other for amateurs. The total number of participants is expected to reach more than 62,400. More than 4,000 amateur participants aged 6 to 60 will be competing in five events: curling, ice wagon, skiing, ice football, and recreational skating and skiing.

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