October 24, 2021


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China’s official announcement: Speeding up the building of a sports power

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◇Sports has been given a brand-new connotation and extension. The goal of building a “sports power” has marked the brand-new positioning of sports in the new era. It is an important symbol of social development and human progress and an essential manifestation of comprehensive national strength and national soft power.

◇From national fitness to healthy China, combining physical fitness with people’s health, the two major national strategies are superimposed to consolidate the foundation of a strong sports nation.

Accelerate the building of a sports power

Building a strong sports country is an important goal of making a modern socialist country in an all-around way.

From the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the goal of “widely launching nationwide fitness activities and accelerating the construction of a strong sports nation” was put forward to the launch of the “Outline for Building a Powerful Sports Country” in September 2019. The strategic tasks of a sports power nation were arranged, and then “ The 14th Five-Year Plan and the 2035 long-term goal outline clearly stated that by 2035, “build a sports power,” sports has become a landmark cause of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

In January 2021, General Secretary Xi Jinping inspected Beijing and Hebei and presided over the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics preparatory work report. He pointed out that building a sports power is an important goal for building a modern socialist country in an all-around way.

Standing at the intersection of the “two centuries” history, it can be clearly discovered that sports have been given a brand-new connotation and extension. Our reporter conducted in-depth interviews and investigations and comprehensively analyzed the inevitable logic and far-reaching significance of building a sports power in the new era.


Sports make China strong.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the Paralympic Winter Games are major landmark events held at the beginning of my country’s 14th Five-Year Plan. From January 18 to 19 this year, General Secretary Xi Jinping braved the severe cold to visit Haidian, Yanqing, Zhangjiakou, and other places successively to go deep into stadiums, training bases, transportation hubs, etc. to learn about the preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.


From January 18th to 20th, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the State, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping inspected Beijing and Hebei. They presided over a report on the preparations for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympics. It was the afternoon of the 18th. Xi Jinping was at the National Alpine Ski Center in Yanqing District, Beijing, and had a cordial exchange with stadium support staff, athletes, and coaches. Photo by Yue Yuewei / This publication

This is General Secretary Xi Jinping’s first domestic inspection activity in 2021, and it is also his fourth field visit to the preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Since Beijing’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics at the end of 2013, General Secretary Xi Jinping has always cared about the bid and preparations for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics. In February 2014, he was invited to attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics. During his 43-hour visit to Russia, there were 12 bilateral and multilateral events. President Xi Jinping has never forgotten to promote Beijing. He told the International Olympic Committee President Bach: “In China, snow and ice sports do not enter Shanhaiguan. If the ice and snow projects can be promoted in the customs, it is expected to drive two or three billion people to participate, thus lighting the torch of China’s ice and snow sports.

Before the International Olympic Committee voted on the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics on July 31, 2015, President Xi Jinping made a promise to the world via video: “The Chinese people look forward to and wait for this opportunity. I believe that if you choose Beijing, the Chinese people will definitely be able to dedicate a wonderful, extraordinary and outstanding Winter Olympics to the world in Beijing!”

Promises must be kept, and action must be resolute. More than five years have passed, and China has consistently fulfilled its commitments in its Olympic bid. Nowadays, China’s ice and snow sports and ice and snow culture are rapidly “expanding south, west and east,” and mass winter sports are widely carried out. The number of ice and snow tourists in Zhejiang, Guizhou, Hubei, and other places has achieved a steady growth of about 10% per year. The “Ice and Snow Entering Campus” jointly promoted by the education and sports system will promote the popularization of ice and snow sports to 100 cities, thousands of schools, and millions of young people by 2022.

Why is it said that hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics and the Paralympic Winter Games are highly compatible with the achievement of the “two centenary” goals? That’s because, in the minds of General Secretary Xi Jinping, sports have already had a brand new positioning and unique role in economic and social development.

The Beijing Winter Olympics promoted the development of China’s ice and snow sports and an important measure to implement the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development strategy. Completing the Beijing-Zhangjiakou High-speed Railway and Beijing-Lijiazhuang Expressway has activated a “central artery” in the supporting construction of the Winter Olympics Zhangjiakou, Chongli, Yanqing, and Beijing urban areas into one line, which means that Yanqing and Zhangjiakou have officially entered the capital. “One-hour traffic circle.” This year, General Secretary Xi Jinping further proposed to speed up the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Sports Cultural Tourism Belt construction, injecting new connotations into the coordinated development strategy of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei.

The new era must follow the new development concept. Green, Sharing, Openness, and Cleanliness-The Beijing Winter Olympics concept that General Secretary Xi Jinping has repeatedly emphasized is highly compatible with the latest development concept of innovation, coordination, greenness, openness, and sharing. A new model for running Olympics that is affordable, profitable, and sustainable. Because of this, Bach became the number one fan of the Beijing Winter Olympics. He said: “The hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics will not only leave a huge legacy for China, but it will also be a landmark event for the development of global winter sports.”

The ice and snow are also Jinshan Yinshan. In the past five years or so, as the main venue for the Winter Olympics snow projects, Chongli, a former national-level impoverished county, has seized the historical opportunity and has undergone earth-shaking changes. Today, 1 out of every four people in Chongli is engaged in ice and snow-related work. Many Chongli people who have been out to work for many years have returned to their hometowns. The locals have picked up the “snow rice bowl” and ultimately got rid of the hat of poor counties.

“Sports is strong, China is strong, and national sports are prosperous.” In the new era, the proposal to build a sports power is an important part of the overall development of China and an important part of the Chinese people to achieve the “two centenary” goals. It is the righteousness of a country’s prosperity and an important part of the people’s healthy and happy life.

Because of this, General Secretary Xi Jinping always attaches great importance to the development of sports from a strategic perspective and has made arrangements for promoting the building of a sports power on many occasions. At the seminar of representatives of experts in the field of education, culture, health, and sports held in September 2020, General Secretary Xi Jinping summed up the new connotations of sports in the new era with “four important”: sports is an important way to improve people’s health, and is to satisfy the people. An important means to yearn for a better life and promote people’s all-around development is an important driving force for economic and social development and an important platform for showing the country’s cultural soft power.

From National Fitness to Healthy China

Health is 1, and with this 1, the 0 behind a career, family, reputation, wealth, etc., will be meaningful, and the success of life is all tied to the stability of 1.

“Without the health of the whole people, there will be no comprehensive well-off.” Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core has put the maintenance of people’s health in a more prominent position. At the 2016 National Health and Health Conference, General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that it is necessary to promote a healthy and civilized lifestyle, establish the concept of general health and general health, and transform the treatment of diseases as the center of people’s health, and establish a sound The health education system improves the health literacy of the whole people, and promotes the deep integration of national fitness and national health.

From national fitness to healthy China, the superposition of the two major national strategies has consolidated the foundation of a sports power. From the 2014 “Several Opinions on Accelerating the Development of the Sports Industry and Promoting Sports Consumption”, national fitness was upgraded to a national strategy. In 2016, the “Healthy China 2030” Planning Outline pointed out that promoting the construction of a healthy China is a comprehensive improvement of the Chinese nation’s health A national strategy for the coordinated development of people’s health and economy, and society. General Secretary Xi Jinping has excellent foresight and accurately outlined a clear, logical, and realization path between the two major national strategies.

“Developing sports and enhancing the people’s physique” is the fundamental task of my country’s sports work. This requires us to fully understand the positive significance of sports to improve people’s health, implement the national strategy of national fitness, popularize national fitness sports, and promote the construction of a healthy China.

At this stage, the needs of the people have shifted from “does it” to “good or not.” Wang Bing, Dean of Hebei Yonghuai National Fitness and National Health Development Research Institute, believes that people’s pursuit of health and happiness will become the first demand in the next 30 years. Specific to the national fitness business, coordinating the construction of federal fitness facilities and building a higher-level national fitness public service system is the current examination paper.

Whether the answers are good or not, people feel the most intuitive. The construction of the national fitness public service system in my country is changing with each passing day: there are more sports facilities around the country. As of the end of 2020, there are 3.713 million sports venues nationwide, with an area of ​​3.10 billion square meters, and the number and area of ​​sports facilities have greatly increased. Scientifically, there are 30 national-level, 204 first-level, 474 second-level and 1609 third-level social sports instructor training bases, cultivating about 650,000 social sports instructors at all levels; there are more events around, and associations at all levels Become the main force in organizing mass sports events…

The in-depth integration of national fitness and national health means promoting health barriers and establishing a new model of sports promotion. The sports, health, and health departments collaborate, and the whole society participates in sports.

“Practice the treatment of the disease before the disease,” how to go from treatment to disease prevention, the ability and responsibility of sports have become an essential part. Xie Minhao, director of the Institute of Sports Medicine of the State Sports General Administration, said that sports play an irreplaceable role in improving people’s physical fitness and health and promoting people’s all-round development.

The “Healthy China 2030” Plan also proposes to improve the public service system for national fitness, extensively carry out national fitness exercises, strengthen the integration of physical and medical and non-medical health interventions, and promote sports activities for key populations. It is also necessary to establish and improve a library of exercise prescriptions for different groups of people, different environments, and different physical conditions, promote the formation of a disease management and health service model that combines sports and medicine, and strengthen the construction of a national fitness technology innovation platform and scientific fitness guidance service station. The robust youth is, the stronger China will be.

Youth is strong in many aspects, including ideological and moral character, academic performance, innovation ability, practical ability, good health, strong physique, and sound personality. General Secretary Xi Jinping proposed that it is necessary to adhere to the education philosophy of health first, strengthen school physical education, promote the coordinated development of youth cultural learning and physical exercise, and help students enjoy physical exercise, enhance their physical fitness, improve their personality, and exercise their will.

Tang Jiangpeng, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and head of the Xishan Senior High School in Jiangsu Province, is a firm practitioner of this concept. In addition to traditional sports courses such as basketball, volleyball, and football, Xishan High School also added 16 sports programs such as swimming, fencing, taekwondo, free fighting, yoga, and Tai Chi needs of students. The children passed two national compulsory sports every week. Classes, 2 required school-based courses, and 1 class team development class based on grades and are taught according to options.

The nine-story platform rises from the soil. General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that the foundation of a sports power lies in mass sports. Over the past year or so, a sudden new crown pneumonia epidemic has swept the world. In fighting the epidemic, more and more people in the country have begun to deeply understand General Secretary Xi Jinping’s good intentions to attach great importance to national fitness and open up the logical relationship between national fitness and national health.

Extensive development of national fitness activities will help further promote the overall development of mass sports and competitive sports and gradually solve solid competitive sports and weak mass sports. This will help to further promote the high-quality development of sports in the new era, solidify the foundation of a sports power, and continue to consolidate the foundation for the new journey of building a modern socialist country in an all-around way.

Young players in the U8 age group of the Dalian Tornado Club are training (photographed on May 19, 2020) Photo by Pan Yulong/this issue.


Promote the all-round development of people and all-round progress of society

One hundred four years ago, Comrade Mao Zedong proposed in the “Sports Research”: “If you want to civilize your spirit, you must first be barbaric of your physique; if you want to be barbaric, the spirit of civilization will follow.” In his view, “the effect of sports As for strengthening the muscles and bones, thus increasing knowledge, thus adjusting emotions, and thus strengthening the will.”

“China’s sports industry continues to develop, and the Chinese government attaches great importance to sports. Our goal is to build a sports power.” In February 2014, in an exclusive interview with Russian TV, President Xi Jinping pointed out.

From “civilized its spirit and barbaric physique” to “developing sports and enhancing people’s physique” to building a sports power, its essential connotations are in the same continuous line.

General Secretary Xi Jinping has repeatedly emphasized that to speed up the building of a sports power, we must adhere to the people-centered thinking, regard the people as the main body of the development of sports, and regard meeting the people’s fitness needs and promoting the overall development of people as the starting point and goal of sports work. .

It is worth noting that in the “Fourteenth Five-Year Plan for the National Economic and Social Development of the People’s Republic of China and the Outline of Long-Term Goals for 2035” released in March this year, the building of a sports power was listed in the “Improve the Quality of the People” Under the chapter of “Human All-round Development”, this deeply fits General Secretary Xi Jinping’s idea of ​​becoming a sports powerhouse. Sports play an important and irreplaceable role in improving people’s physical fitness and health, promoting people’s all-round development, enriching people’s spiritual and cultural life, promoting economic and social development, and inspiring people of all ethnic groups across the country to promote the spirit of pursuing excellence and breaking through themselves. .

To promote the all-round development of people, to win in the present, but also to win in the future. Ni Minjing, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, believes that the comprehensive development of moral, intellectual, physical, and artistic labor is now re-emphasized, and moral education is the first. Sports must be in the C position. If the sports work is done well, the moral, intellectual, physical, and artistic labor can be fundamentally guaranteed.

In Tang Jiangpeng’s view, education is for human development. The overall quality of today’s children is the overall strength of the country in the future, that is, the level of social happiness. Elegant life.

Promoting the overall development of people is about physical and mental health and spiritual encouragement. General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that sports development is an important part of realizing the Chinese dream and provides a powerful spiritual force for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Athletes fight bravely in the international arena, and the Chinese women’s volleyball team wins the Olympic championship again… Competitive sports have a strong appeal of cohesion. In the new era to build a sports power, the patriotism that wins glory for the country, the fighting spirit that dares to compete for the first place, and the national self-confidence that promotes the prestige of the country is the powerful spiritual forces that realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The new generation of athletes has countless “circle fans,” and Chinese role models have inspired more people to shine in their respective fields on and off the stadium.

Not only that but the “gold medal” can also be won outside the arena. The preparatory work for the Winter Olympics has set a benchmark for the Olympics, and the hosting of high-level international events has been highly praised… China actively participates in international sports affairs and has more voices in the international sports “friend circle.” The Taekwondo Grand Slam event, founded in Wuxi, Jiangsu, is now a direct Olympic Games and promotes the reform of the world’s taekwondo competition rules. The Chinese “IP” tells a new Chinese story. In the past few years, the Men’s Basketball World Cup, Badminton World Championships, World Fencing Championships, Table Tennis World Cup, Sudirman Cup, Tangyou Cup…Many international high-level events have been held in China, and the world has shown the high quality of China time and time again. Competition organization and service capabilities. FIBA President Hamane Niang said: “China has set a new benchmark for the Basketball World Cup.” This is also the “Chinese answer sheet” that China has sent for international sports.

Standing on the historical coordinates of the new era, the dream of a sports powerhouse is closely related to the Chinese dream. From “sports power” to “sports power,” although there is only a one-word difference, it is an important manifestation of the improvement of comprehensive national strength and the improvement of social civilization. General Secretary Xi Jinping has repeatedly emphasized that sports are an important symbol of social development and human progress and an important manifestation of comprehensive national strength and national soft power.

From this perspective, sports should become an important platform for displaying the soft power of national culture. The competition is all-around and more difficult than pure competitive sports. The soft power of the country needs the comprehensive hard power of a sports power to support it. Whether it is mass sports, competitive sports, or the sports industry, it is necessary to make strides forward on the current basis. While laying a solid foundation, more celebrities, and leading companies will emerge to shine on the world stage truly.

The mission is on our shoulders, and I am struggling. Standing on the historical coordinates of the new era, to build a modern socialist power in an all-around way, we need to be strong in all aspects, and sports must be strong so that Chinese sports can enter a better place in the “best time.” (Reporter Wang Hengzhi)

Source: “Looking Over”

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