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Organizing Committee for the 31st Summer Universiade Holds Its First Formal Meeting

25
2019-10

The first meeting of the Organizing Committee for the 31st Universiade in Chengdu in 2021 was held in Beijing on October 25. The meeting continued in the spirit of the speech made by State Council leaders following the Chengdu government’s report on the preparations for the Universiade. At this meeting, the Organizing Committee also heard this same report read aloud and set the various preparatory works for the Universiade into motion. Chen Baosheng, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Universiade Organizing Committee, attended the menteeeting and delivered a speech. Yin Li, Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Sichuan Provincial Committee, Governor of Sichuan province, and Executive Chairman of the Universiade Organizing Committee presided over the meeting.

It was noted that this meeting was the official "opening" of the 31st Summer Universiade Organizing Committee. The 2021 Chengdu Universiade marks the third time a city in the Chinese mainland will host the Summer Universiade. Previous Universiades held in the mainland include the Beijing Universiade in 2001 and the Shenzhen Universiade in 2011. This Universiade is also the first comprehensive world games to be held after China realized its first centenary goal of "building a moderately prosperous society in all respects" and it is the first global-level sporting event to be held in western China. The success of the 31st Universiade is an honorable task entrusted to the city of Chengdu by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council. The member organizations of the Organizing Committee are committed to doing the best possible job in opening the Universiade, providing adequate publicity for the games, studying how the games should be run, and conducting the games themselves. The committee will act in accordance with the current standards and make continuous improvements to the games, tackle all problems that may arise, undertake all necessary tasks, and shoulder all responsibilities of the Universiade.

The meeting stressed that the Organizing Committee has a responsibility to raise the profile of the Universiade, not just securing its place in the current era and Chinese society at large, but in world history as a whole. The Organizing Committee should think big but start small, plan carefully, and prepare practically. The Organizing Committee will hold a wonderful and successful international sports event that fully conforms to international standards while being infused with Chinese style and Bashu characteristics. In doing so, the Organizing Committee will live up to its responsibility to, and the expectations of, the CPC central committee and the whole nation:

Firstly, the preparation for the competition must be "Perfect". The Organizing Committee will hold meetings to ensure that its event adheres to environmental and budget-friendly principles, and meets the lofty expectations and requirements of the world-standard competition. The Organizing Committee will adhere to strict standards in the construction of venue facilities, be highly efficient in the organization of competitions, encourage a high level of participation, and provide excellent services for competitions so as to effectively prepare each of the various kinds of competition.

Secondly, the competitions themselves should be "New". The Organizing Committee will plan cultural exchange activities for college students in advance, ensure that the opening and closing ceremonies are creative and unique, implement new forms for cultural activities, and take new societal measures to mobilize the people as well as tell the Chinese story in an innovative way.

Thirdly, the completion of the task should be "Accurate". The Organizing Committee will make every effort to ensure the timely completion of the many necessary preparations for the Universiade.

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