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Olympic items donated to museum in Beijing

By HU YUYAN and SHI FUTIAN | China Daily | Updated: 2022-06-24 09:51

A donation ceremony for the Global Solicitation of Olympic Collections, launched by the Beijing Olympic City Development Association and the Beijing Olympic Museum, took place in the Chinese capital on Thursday, the 75th Olympic Day.

A number of memorable items were donated during the ceremony, including a World Cup gold medal won by Chinese speed skating world champion Wang Beixing, a poster for the Beijing Winter Games that features the autographs of 13 Olympic gold medalists, and a series of Beijing 2022 themed paintings and seal carving artworks.

Sun Shangwu, deputy editor-in-chief of China Daily, donated the official English-language publications of the 2008 Beijing Summer Games and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics published by China Daily at the event on behalf of the newspaper.

Global Solicitation of Olympic Collections started in November 2021 and will continue to November this year. So far, more than 1,000 collections have been received, among which 527 have been certified by experts and become official collections of the Beijing Olympic Museum.

Titled the Winter Olympian and the Winter Paralympian, the publications of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics were issued daily during the Games, featuring stories from inside and outside the venues covering thrilling competitions, touching athletic moments, Chinese winter sports development and efforts to build a barrier-free society.

A page dedicated to the host cities of Beijing and Zhangjiakou was featured in each issue of the Winter Olympian, adding a dash of local culture.

The publications, which could be found at the Games' media center, the athletes' village and the competition venues, won high praise from the International Olympic Committee, athletes, delegations officials, media, foreign ambassadors and other readers for their engaging content and well-designed graphics.

Ambassadors of countries including Austria, the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Malta, Colombia, Georgia and Slovenia spoke highly of the publications.

IOC official Christian Klaue said he would grab a copy of the publication and read it in his office in the Games' Main Media Center every morning after finishing the daily news conferences so that he wouldn't miss any of the exciting moments and touching stories of the day.

Since 1990, China Daily has served as the publisher of the official English-language publications of numerous high-profile international events held in China.

They include the 1990 Beijing Asian Games, the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995, the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit and the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in 2018.

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