"3, 2, 1…" The countdown board for the 31st Summer World University Games Chengdu 2021 was unveiled with the loud echo of countdowns! The boards initially placed at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Chengdu South Railway Station and Chengdu East Railway Station, stand as a symbol of Chengdu's keen anticipation for the Games, sharing the welcome of this grand event for global youth with travelers who pass through these transit hubs.
The countdown boards were set up at various transportation hubs
On the afternoon of April 30, Tian Rong (a member of the Standing Committee, and Minister of Publicity Department of Chengdu Municipal Committee of the CPC, and Deputy Director of the Preparatory Committee of the World University Games Chengdu 2021), Zhang Shan (an Olympic champion) as well as Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting (world champions of synchronized swimming and promotion ambassadors for the Games) unveiled the countdown board at Terminal 2 of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport together. Wang Pingjiang (Deputy Mayor of Chengdu Municipal Government, Deputy Director of the Preparatory Committee of the World University Games Chengdu 2021 and Director of the Preparatory Committee Office) gave a speech on the ceremony. At the Shuangliu airport, a transportation hub that links Chengdu and the world, the countdown board was unveiled. With the pulsating numbers heaving in sight, people can feel the city' eagerness towards the Games.
The ceremony was followed by a cheerleading flash mob, driving the cheerful vibe to the climax. Chengdu, with its vitality and energy, is inviting people from all over the world to attend the World University Games Chengdu, a great gathering of the youth in 2021.
If you come across Rongbao (mascot of the Games) and the World University Games Dream Box at Chunxi Road, Kuan Zhai Alleys, Chengdu Wuhou Shrine, the World University Games Village or Wuchazi Bridge these days, you can write your dreams down on a postcard and send it into the Box. Now we are randomly picking people who sent those postcards and recording their dreams by camera. Those well-planned flash mob activities will be made into short videos and be broadcasted on media platforms, aiming to make people "long for Chengdu".
The World University Games bears a special significance to Chengdu. The Games is held to represent Chengdu's city brand, sports-related scenery, and city image. The preparation and hosting of the Games can remarkably facilitate Chengdu's building progress of a "World Tournament City" and promote its city image in the world. The World University Games Chengdu, as the only world comprehensive sports event that will take place in China in 2021, is now counting the days down. Chengdu, through such a world-class platform, will fully showcase the Games' spirit and the city's unique characteristics, marching forward to become a world tournament city.
Brimming with the Games' spirit, Chengdu shines brighter with sport dreams
After winning the bid for hosting the World University Games 2021 in March 2019, Chengdu has started preparatory work in an all-round way. The "World University Games themed train", carrying the Games' spirit, connected the city's one side to the other; the "Lang Lang New Year Concert for the World University Games Chengdu 2021" endowed every note with youth and dreams; the grand unveiling of the Games' slogan, emblem and mascot boosted the awareness of "Chengdu Makes Dreams Come True" among more and more citizens and also created a warm and lively atmosphere in everywhere of the city, mixing with the scents of boiling hotpot and fresh tea. Energy, passion, opportunities, and hope, as brought by this international sports event, exert a profound influence on the city.
With China's Youth Day (on May 4th every year) just around the corner, the unveiled countdown board, now a new landmark of Chengdu, assumes the mission to welcome the historical Games. The unveiling of the countdown board is a positive signal that the Games' preparatory work is progressing in an orderly manner and a boost to the world's confidence that sports events are coming back on track. As a bond connecting young people all over the world, the World University Games Chengdu 2021 is ready to compose a new chapter of global young people's solidarity, struggle and friendliness, and help them realize all their dreams.
Adhering to the concept of "realizing the prosperity of the city by holding major sports events, and then benefiting the people of the city" over the preparatory work and following the principles of "green, frugal, necessary", Chengdu Government always optimizes and adjusts its strategies of hosting the Games based on current situation so that people from other countries and regions can happily gather in Chengdu. The government aims to hold a high-level World University Games with unique characteristics, which meets international standards, bears unique Chinese style, and displays Sichuan young people's energy. Chengdu, as a famous cultural city, will showcase its ardent love for sports and a broad mind over diversity, to realize the dream of becoming a tournament city renowned around the world.
The countdown boards will also appear at other sites in Chengdu, such as Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, Tianfu Square, Chengdu 2021 FISU Summer World University Games Village, Dong'an Lake Sports Park, and so forth in May.