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2017 BRICS games opens in GuangZhou

CNC
Added On June 19, 2017

The first-ever BRICS Games kicked off in south China's Guangzhou City on Saturday. 
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to express his sincere welcome to all attending the five-day Games.
 
Gou Zhongwen, director of China's General Administration of Sport, on Saturday declared open the Games which features some 300 athletes from five countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, with 10 events up for grabs in three sports - men's basketball, women's volleyball and Wushu.
 
As the host country, China has sent a delegation of 53 people, including 32 athletes, to take part in the first comprehensive multilateral sports and culture exchanges under the framework of BRICS cooperation.
 
The Chinese athletes, with an average age of 21.4, will cover all the 10 events.
 
Basketball player Han Dejun carried China's national flag at the opening ceremony, which was highlighted by Chinese traditional dragon dance and lion dance as well as Indian Yoga performance.
 
Apart from the competitions, the organizers have also arranged a series of culture events for the athletes and coaches at the Games. 
 
STANDUP (ENGLISH) LAI YUCHEN, CNC Correspondent
"The games will last for five days in Guangzhou. And it'll be an important part of the cooperation between BRICS countries this year, as the annual summit will be held in the coastal city of Xiamen in September when China takes the rotating chair of the bloc."