Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong(L Front) speaks to the members of national gymnastic team during her inspection in Beijing, capital of China,February 18, 2016. Liu extended Spring Festival greetings to the athletes and coaches in national training camps on Thursday and encouraged them to prepare well for the 2016 Rio Olympics.[Xinhua/Gong Lei]
The vice premier pointed out that there will be new challenges in Rio this summer and that the Chinese athletes must be fully prepared, try their best and carry forward Olympic spirit in Brazil.
Reiterating the "zero tolerance for doping," Liu requested all the athletes to regard sportsmanship and discipline as a serious matter. She also asked the coaches to select players in fair ways.
Liu came to the national sports training center here and watched the practice of the athletes from the national weightlifting squad, the national women's volleyball team and the national gymnastic squad. Liu met with players, coaches, team staffs, and extended Lunar New Year's greetings to all the sports people across the country.
Liu also called for a joint effort to promote the coordinative development of China's competitive sports, mass sports, sports culture, and sports industry.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong (R3) exchanges views with China's national women's volleyball head coach Lang Ping (R4) when she views the training of national women's volleyball team in Beijing, capital of China, February 18, 2016. Liu extended Spring Festival greetings to the athletes and coaches in national training camps on Thursday and encouraged them to prepare well for the 2016 Rio Olympics. [Xinhua/Gong Lei]
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