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14th National Games close in Xi’an

China’s 14th National Games, billed as the country’s “mini-Olympics,” closed in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, yesterday evening.

Premier Li Keqiang officially declared the Games closed in a ceremony held at the Xi’an Olympic Center Gymnasium.

The 14th National Games featured a total of 54 sports and 595 events, of which 35 sports and 410 events were held for elite athletes, while the remainder were mass sports programs.

More than 12,000 elite athletes and 10,000 amateur participants took part in the sporting extravaganza.

The quadrennial Games featured all the summer Olympic sports, including skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing and breakdancing, in addition to Wushu, while competitions for junior groups in sports like diving and gymnastics were set to scout talents for Paris 2024.

Most events were held in Shaanxi, marking the first time the Games have been staged in China’s central and western regions. Sailing, canoe slalom, surfing, breakdancing, fencing and track cycling were staged in other provinces and municipalities.

Macau’s first-ever medal

A number of records, including 12 world and two Asian marks, were surpassed or broken in shooting, weightlifting, athletics, track cycling, sport climbing and swimming.

Kuok Kin Hang won Macau’s first-ever medal at the National Games on September 18, underlining the growing importance of the showpiece event to the special administrative region.

Competitions in diving, artistic swimming and rhythmic gymnastics concluded before the opening ceremony on September 15.

As the first major multi-sport event held in China since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the Games adopted a string of anti-virus measures, including vaccinations, nucleic acid tests, closed-loop management and health monitoring, to ensure each participant’s safety.

Around 3,300 doping tests were conducted during the Games, and more than 3,200 people participated in its anti-doping education program.

The 15th National Games will take place in Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macau in south China, in 2025.


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