January 7, 2008 – On Monday Chen Zhili, a Chinese State Councilor said that she would like to urge all those officials that are concerned to ensure they made extra amounts of effort so that they could produce exceptional results at this years’ Beijing Olympics.
Zhili is also the vice president of the organizing committee for the 29th Olympic Games and said in her address at an annual national sports conference in Beijing that it was important that all those involved in sport in China made full use of the opportunity the nation has been given to host the Olympics, allowing themselves to conform to some reforms and aim to obtain new achievements.
She said “To direct our sports work in new era, we must thoroughly apply Scientific Outlook on Development, the spiritual essence delivered by the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China”.
She added that “Sports in China has entered a new fast-growing stage, showing harmony and a trend of sustainable development. Our athletes frequently shine in international arena, winning glories for their motherland.”
She went on to say “Not only the athletes themselves but also the whole Chinese people hope to see their outstanding performances at the Olympics, and we must make well-knit preparation for achieving the goal,” she stressed.
“First, we must thoroughly bring the whole-nation system for competitive sports into play, making full use of the nation-wide sports resources.”
“Second, we must pay great attention to details, coordinate the relationship between training and competition, and ensure the logistic and technical support for our athletes.”
“Third, we must make undeviating efforts to fight against doping, striving for harvest in both competition results and sportsmanship”.
Chen added that it was important that China continued in its sports reforms and opening up and consistently tried to promote sports and provide services to allow ordinary citizens to participate in sport.
“We must make continuous efforts to construct sports venues, upgrade sports organizations and organize sports activities for the ordinary people, in a bid to improve the health of the whole nation,” she said.