1. The Chinese divers carried off 10 championships from the 5th to 7th World Swimming Championships and won nine gold medals from the 23rd to 26th Olympic Games.
2. Over the past few decades, thanks to the nationwide "fitness-for-all" sports campaign, Chinese people's health has been greatly improved, and the average life expectancy has increased substantially.
3. The slogan "New Beijing, Great Olympics" reflects our desire to host a great Olympic Games in the new century in a city with both ancient culture and modern charm.
4. Back to Song Dynasty, about the 11th century, people stated to play a game called Cuju, which is regarded as the origin of ancient football. The game was very popular.
5. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, China did quite well coming in third place with the most medals won at the Games. They brought home 28 gold medals, a great improvement compared to the 16 they won in Atlantic.
6. Teams of eight pull against each other at opposite ends of a 35-metre-long rope in a contest known as the "Tug-of-War".
7. Many of China's traditional sports activities are not only good for health but also have high artistic value, and rich recreational and educational functions.
8. Since the founding of New China, the government has attached great importance to the development of the traditional sports of ethnic minorities, amounting to about l,000 kinds, such as yak racing of the Tibetans; swinging and see-sawing of the Koreans; dragon-boat racing of the Miao people and skating of the Manchu people.
9. Dragon-boat racing, kite flying, yangge dancing, weiqi, qigong and taijiquan are traditional sports popular among both Han people and the people of ethnic minorities.
10. In recent years, some new sports, such as climbing, horse racing, bowling and golf are becoming popular among the Chinese people, especially urban young people.