Two million Beijingers join Olympics planting day

April 6th, 2008 - 2:30 pm ICT by admin  

(Olympics Snippets)
Beijing, April 6 (Xinhua) Chinese President Hu Jintao and other senior leaders took part in a voluntary tree planting activity at the Olympic Forest Park here ahead of the Olympic Games in August. In all, about two million Beijingers participated. China’s top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao, top political advisor Jia Qinglin, as well as Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang, and Zhou Yongkang also planted trees at the park next to the national stadium, the main Games venue, Saturday. Covering some 680 hectares, the park is a major part of the 2008 Olympics infrastructure, which is expected to improve the city’s environment and air quality.

On the occasion, Hu urged Beijingers to support the Green Olympics initiative and make the city greener and more beautiful before athletes land here in August. Beijing’s air quality has been a subject of concern among some foreign athletes planning to attend the Games. This is the fifth time since 2001 for top leaders to take part in planting at the park, where nearly 500,000 trees have been planted.


Chinese rowing hopefuls get morale boost

Hangzhou: The Chinese national rowing team members got a boost as they advanced into the finals of the 2008 Spring China National Rowing Championships. Xu Dongxiang, gold medallist at the 2006 World Rowing Championships, continued her good performance from heat to semi-final as she won a ticket to the final of the two-kilometre lightweight women’s single sculls Saturday.

Xu, a national team member, won by a huge margin the 8-kilometer lightweight women’s single sculls Thursday, the first day of the four-day competitions. Tian Jun and Huang Zhongming, 2007 World Cup winners, breezed to the final of the lightweight men’s pair. “We’ll do our utmost to improve strength as well as techniques. We don’t mind how hard the training is,” said Tian, a Hubei native.


Mexican women’s soccer team target Beijing

Mexico City: Mexican women soccer team’s coach Leonardo Cuellar has said that his team is aiming to earn a ticket to the Beijing Olympics and it started off well by defeating Jamaica 8-1 in a Pre-Olympic tournament.

If Mexico’s women soccer team earns an Olympic berth, it will be their only team that would have qualified for the Beijing after their men’s soccer and baseball teams failed to make the grade. “All this is possible due to the girls’ determination, aggressiveness and good behaviour to do what was planned,” Cuellar said.


Cambodia opposes disturbing activities

Phnom Penh: Cambodia strongly opposes any attempts and actions aiming to interrupt the Olympic Games to be held in Beijing, Prime Minister Hun Sen has said. “I once ordered Minister of Interior to stop a ceremony that some people planned in Phnom Penh against the Olympic Games,” he said at a road construction ceremony in Preah Vihear province Saturday.

According to official sources, Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni has accepted the invitation from China to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in August. The Cambodian government earlier established a 10-member delegation to participate in the Beijing Games.


Argentina ready for Olympic torch relay

Buenos Aires: Argentine Buenos Aires government’s sports undersecretary Francisco Irarrazabal has said that the Olympic torch passing through Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, “will be the biggest event” of this sort “in the forthcoming two to three years”.

Irarrazabal said, “we started organising it seven months ago and everything is ready” for Friday when the Olympic flame relay will be carried out by Argentine athletes. He said that the event will be transmitted through television to some “1.300 billion people” worldwide. “It is a historic opportunity to unite peoples, nations and ethnic groups,” said Irarrazabal.

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