Speech at the 100-day Countdown Ceremony and Release of the Medals of the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games
Respected Director GOU Zhongwen, Vice President YU Zaiqing, Governor HUANG Qiang
Tonight, we feel extremely excited to be here to witness the 100-day countdown to the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games and officially unveil the medals of the Games at the Dong’an Lake Sports Park, which I see is shining very beautifully. On behalf of the CPC Chengdu Municipal Committee and the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, and the Executive Committee of the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games, I would like to extend a warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to all of you.
The Chengdu 2021 FISU Games is another world-class sports gala hosted by China after the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games amid the COVID-19 pandemic which is unseen in a century. It is also the first international multi-sport event held in western China. President Xi Jinping has attached great importance to the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games. Since we won the bid to host the event in December 2018, we have taken effective and well-considered approaches to advance the preparations, in order to stage a ‘streamlined, safe, and splendid’ Chengdu 2021 FISU Games. We have received great support from the International University Sports Federation, the General Administration of Sport of China, relevant ministries including the Ministry of Education, and the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee and the Sichuan People’s Government. At present, all 49 venues have been completed and passed the final assessment. The FISU Games Village has been put into operation. Efforts are being concentrated on the preparations of the opening and closing ceremonies, continued improvement of the COVID-19 response system, and ensuring the availability of services throughout the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games. Chengdu is ready!
A medal not only symbolises the honour of athletes, but also carries the culture of the host city. Inspired by Chengdu’s nickname ‘Rong’ and the city logo of the Golden Sun Bird, the medals of the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games are named Rongguang, literally the light of Chengdu. The medals inherit the spirit of the Gold Sun Bird as a protector of humanity and their dreams, and take on the core values of the Chinese civilisation and Tianfu culture. They are a hymn to life, to sports and to athletes’ fighting spirit. They reflect the sportsmanship in the new era and the shared aspiration of humanity. ‘Rongguang’ also represents the light of youth, full of vigour and vitality, like the rising sun in the morning; the light of friendship as we are happy to embrace friends from different corners of the world; and the light of hard work to be stars of tomorrow and pursue excellence in mind and body. More importantly, it represents the light of dreams that brightens our way forward through our continued efforts. Chengdu makes dreams come true.
In 100 days, the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games will kick off officially. Chengdu will see a grand gathering of young people and cultures from across the world. The Chengdu 2021 FISU medals, Rongguang will record the glorious moments of the athletes. Imagining the upcoming grand event, we are filled with excitement and pride. We will, with enormous courage and firm determination, continue to make solid and meticulous efforts in the preparations for the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games, with a view to presenting the world a spirited international sports gala with Chinese characteristics and the character of our times, and making a greater contribution to building a community with a shared future for mankind.
We sincerely invite you to Chengdu to join us on 26 June at the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games and experience the charm of this ‘park city with snowy mountain view’.
Source: Executive Committee of the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games
Edited by Tang Xin, reviewed by Department of Foreign Affairs and Liaison