Special teams to lead the way in civilised cheering at Olympics

June 6th, 2008 - 8:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 6 (DPA) Chinese news reports Friday said that the organizing committee for the August 8-24 Olympic Games has recruited 448 volunteers for 30 “cheering teams” to teach the spectators the civilised form of support. According to a strict choreography it all starts with two hand claps accompanied by the chant Aoyun (Olympia). Spectators are then told to hold their fists in front of their body, to raise their thumbs and to shout Jia you (Let’s go).

This scheme is repeated slightly altered, two handclaps and the slogan Zhongguo (China) followed by raised fists and another round of Jia you.

The reports said that the choreography will also be used with different country names or athletes names.

The art of cheering will be spread by television and posters ahead of the Games. Some one million school children and students expected to attend the Olympics will be trained in the exercise.

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