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Opening of China’s National Games marks return of major spectator events

Opening of China’s National Games marks return of major spectator events
September 17, 2021

China’s President Xi Jinping has declared the 14th National Games of China open with spectators in attendance for what is seen as a run up to Beijing Winter Olympics which commences in just 140 days.

Being staged in Shaanxi province wit major events in the provincial capital of Xi'an, the multi-sports event runs from 15th to 27th September with 20,000 athletes competing in 409 events in 35 sports.

This major event to be held in China with spectators since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, those wishing to attend events will have to provide a negative COVID test result 72 hours prior to entering any venues.

Being used to test run health restrictions ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, which run from 4th to 20th February next year, spectators are allowed to the Games provided they show a their negative COVID test result, with adults having to be fully vaccinated.

Held in their present form since 1959, the four-yearly games feature almost all the same sporting events as the summer Olympics.

Image: Fans at Shandong’s World Leisure Games.

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Nigel Benton is the co-owner and publisher of Australasian Leisure Management, Australia and New Zealand’s only magazine for professionals in all areas of the leisure industry. Having established the magazine in 1997, shortly after his relocation to Australia, he has managed its readership rising to over 11,500 and its acceptance as the industry journal for professionals in aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues.

As of 2020, he has launched the new Asian Leisure Business website.

Among a range of published works and features, his comments on a Blog (blogspot) from 2007 to 2011, when this website went live in its current form, may be interesting to reflect back on.

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