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 Asian Games Selective Trials End

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Asian Games Selective Trials End


Source: Peking Review, No 27, July 5, 1974
Transcribed by www.wengewang.org

Selective trials for the 7th Asian Gomes events in which China will participate ended m June,
Beginning late April, they included 14 events: track and field, swimming (including diving and water polo), gymnastics, weigh lifting, basketball, volleyball, football, table tennis, badminton, tennis, cycling, shooting, fencing and wrestling. In some events the selective trials were held concurrently with the national competitions that were taking place.
Taking part in the trials in Peking and other cities were nearly 2,000 athletes from all parts of China, who brought with them the warm support of the Chinese people for the 7th Asian Games. Athletes among Taiwan-born compatriots residing in Japan and the United States returned to the motherland for the trials and were warmly welcomed and acclaimed by the athletes and spectators in Peking and elsewhere for their patriotism and good performances.
The selective trials were the biggest sports event in China since the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution began. Guided by Chairman Mao's revolutionary line in physical culture and sports, mass sports activities have progressed further in the last few years. This has laid a broad basis for training newcomers and improving the standard of sports. Among the competitors were many veterans who had won honours for toe motherland and a far greater number of up-and-coming young people who had come to the fore curing the Great Cultural Revolution. The average age of the more than 240 gymnasts taking part in the trials was 16, while that of the swimmers 17 (the youngest being 13).
During the trials which took place in the thick of the deepening nationwide movement to criticize Lin Piao and Confucius, the participants conscientiously studied Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought and the documents issued by the Party Central Committee, criticized the ultra-Rightist nature of Lin Piao's revisionist line and repudiated the influence and manifestations of the revisionist line in physical culture and sports. With their revolutionary spirit thus brought forth, they trained hard, strove for better results and gave full attention to displaying the spirit of "friendship first, competition second." A number of national records and junior records in track and field, swimming, weightlifting, .shooting and cycling were broken. One markswoman equalled the world record in the standard pistol event.
At the conclusion of the trials, a leading member of the All-China Sports Federation told Hsinhua correspondents that, as a result of the joint efforts of the Chinese and other Asian peoples, the Asian Game3 Federation expelled the Chiang Kai-shek clique and restored to the All-China Sports Federation its legitimate rights. Consequently China has decided to take part in the 7th Asian Games in Teheran in September. To live up to the expectations of the people of various Asian countries, he continued, we shall send to this gala sports meet of the Asian peoples a contingent of athletes who are good ideologically, show fine sportsmanship and have fairly high skill. On the basis of the development of sports in China, he declared, China will send a sports delegation composed of more than 300 athletes and coaches and will participate in 14 events at the Asian Games, with the exception of boxing and hockey. Included in the delegation will be some world title winners and world or national record holders.
Informing the correspondents that there will be Taiwan-born people working In sports and athletes on the delegation, he pointed out: As everyone knows, there is only one China in the world and that is the People's Republic of China. Taiwan is a province of China. Only the All-China Sports Federation and its affiliated associations of various sports have the right to send teams representing China in international competitions. Athletes from Taiwan Province can take part in national competitions like those from other provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions and may be selected to national teams for international competitions. The Chinese people and athletes firmly oppose the schemes of any international sports organizations to create "two Chinas" or "one China and one Taiwan" through international sports activities. A few leaders of some international sports organizations, he further pointed out, are still trying to prevent athletes of other Asian countries from competing with their Chinese counterparts at the Asian Games; this act which goes against the tide of history is bound to meet with firm resistance and opposition from the peoples of Asia and the rest of the world, especially from those in sports circles.

  
  
  

 
 
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