11th China National Games, Shandong (2009)
The National Games of the People’s Republic of China are organised by the General Administration of Sport of China with the aims of training athletes and identifying sports talents. Held once every four years, the National Games are the highest level and the biggest multi-sport event in the country.
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 50th Anniversary of the National Games. Elite athletes from nearly 50 delegations from all provinces, regions and of China, and the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions as well as sports associations of various trades will gather in Shandong Province to compete in the 11th National Games.
The 11th National Games of the People’s Republic of China was held in various cities in Shandong from October 16 to October 28, 2009. Represented were 33 sports, 43 disciplines and 362 events.
The Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony of the 11th National Games at the Jinan Olympic Sports Center recently relied on no further than 2,500 lighting fixtures. This number exceeded the 2004 Athens Olympic Games opening ceremony and is very close to the Beijing Olympic Games.
Chinese President Hu Jintao officially opened the Games at the ceremony held in the newly built Olympic Sports Complex in this capital city of east China’s Shandong province.
The official opening ceremony on October 16, which featured an extensive firework display and a large scale music and dance performance at the Jinan Olympic Sports Center Stadium, nicknamed Xiliu (西柳）, literally “West Willow”, due to its resemblance to the city tree, the Chinese willow.
Some lovely and exciting photos during the opening ceremony.
The Closing Ceremony
The 11th Chinese National Games came to a successful close after 13 days of fierce competition with the host Shandong topping the medals table.
In all, a total of 1241 medals were awarded. The host province of Shandong came first on the medals table with 63 gold, 40 silver and 43 bronze. The games saw the triumphant return from injury for Olympic 110m hurdles champion Liu Xiang. Swimmer Liu Zige also broke the world record in the women’s 200 metres butterfly, taking 2 seconds off from the previous record.
The Games, billed as China’s mini-Olympics, was a true sports extravaganza as five world records, along with 16 Asian records and 39 national records were broken.
The National Games, which was inaugurated 50 years ago and usually held every four years, are the country’s top national-level sports event. The next National Games will be held in northeast China’s Liaoning province.
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