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President Xi Jinping declares 14th National Games open

Updated: 2021-09-16

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President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, attends the opening ceremony of China's 14th National Games in Xi'an, capital city of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, Sept 15, 2021. Xi declared the 14th National Games open in Xi'an on Wednesday evening. [Photo/Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping declared the 14th National Games open at the Xi'an Olympic Center Stadium here on Wednesday evening.

Billed as China's "mini Olympics", the quadrennial National Games, which was inaugurated in 1959, features the Olympic style program, with the addition of the Chinese martial arts sport of Wushu.

More than 12,000 athletes representing China's provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and specific sporting associations will compete in this year's Games, which will run through to September 27.

The competitions of diving, artistic swimming and rhythmic gymnastics have already concluded before the official opening ceremony.

Xi'an, the capital city of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, is well-known across the world for the Terracotta Warriors.

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An aerial photo taken on June 19, 2021 shows the Xi'an Olympic Sports Center, the venue for the opening ceremony of the 14th National Games. [Photo/IC]

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The cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony for China's 14th National Games in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, Sept 15, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

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Beijing's sports delegation is seen at the opening ceremony of the 14th National Games at the Xi'an Olympic Center Stadium on Wednesday evening, Sept 15, 2021, in the capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]

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A performance brightens the opening ceremony of the 14th National Games at the Xi'an Olympic Center Stadium on Wednesday evening, Sept 15, 2021, in the capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]