|6th AsianWinter Games opens in Changchun, China
[ 2007-01-29 19:44 ]
The largest-ever Asian Winter Games
raised its curtain here Sunday evening in Changchun,
a northeast city in China.
|The opening ceremony of the 6th Asian Winter Games
starts in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, Jan. 28,
2007. The eight-day Winter Asiad was opened in Changchun Jan. 28.(Xinhua
Chinese president Hu Jintao declared open of the sixth Asian Winter Games,
which featured all 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) for the first
time in its 21-year-old history.
Dignitaries at the opening ceremony included OCA
president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
DPR Korea and South Korea marched together under the flag with an image of
the Korean peninsula for the second time in the Asian Winter Games, with the
first in Aomori, Japan in 2003.
The Games to be co-hosted by Changchun and nearby Jilin cities in China's
northeast Jilin province, has been attracting a total of 816 athletes from 26
countries and regions, compared to 741 athletes from 20 members in 2003.
A trio of laser rays flashed to ignite the cauldron after six athletes turned
on the three laser equipment.
China's first figure skating world champion Chen Lu and short-track speedskating former Olympic runner-up Li Jiajun
are among the six, including five from Jilin.
China fielded in the biggest delegation of 261, including 81 men and 79 women
athletes who are going to compete in all the 47 events of five sports during the
Jan. 28-Feb. 4 tournament.
Japan dispatched the second largest delegation with over 110 athletes while
South Korea as the third biggest. Next host Kazakhstan ranked fourth in the
number of delegation members.
However, Japan, who ranked first in the last Games in 2003, is anticipated to
top the medals tally again. And China hopes to overtake South Korea from third
to second in the tally, according to Chinese deputy chef de mission Cui Dalin.
While the local organizers are setting out to host a full-house Asiad with
all OCA members for the first time, China, host to the 2008 Olympic Games in
Beijing, has cherished a dream that goes far beyond Asia -- bringing the Winter
Olympic Games to the most populous country of 1.3 billion people.
Harbin, capital city of China's another northeast province of Heilongjiang,
made the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Despite its abrupt failure in the
first round bidding process in 2002, Harbin is determined to make the 2009
Winter World University Games a success.
"We need organizing experiences for an Olympics, and the World Universiad
will be an important stepstone for our eventual bid forthe Winter Olympics,"
said Heilongjiang Provincial Sports Bureau director Zhao Yinggang.
short-track speedskating ：短道速滑