11th Chinese National Games opens in Jinan

21:34, October 16, 2009      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao attends the opening ceremony of the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 16, 2009.(Xinhua/Ju Peng)

One year after the hosting of the exceptional Beijing Olympic Games, the 11th National Games, billed as China's mini-Olympics, opened amid a splendid ceremony in Jinan, East China Friday evening.

The national flag of People's Republic of China is carried into the opening ceremony site of the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 16, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

Chinese President Hu Jintao officially opened the Games at the ceremony held in the newly-built Olympic Sports Complex in this capital city of east China's Shandong province.

With 55 of all 63 Chinese Beijing Olympic champions expected to compete, the quadrennial national meet is set to stage another sports extravaganza for the country which just celebrated its 60th birthday.

Taking part in the biggest-ever National Games are 10,991 athletes of 46 delegations from all provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions, Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, the People's Liberation Army, the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and various sports associations of the trades such as railways, coal mining, forestry, finance and banking and aviation.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, who is here for the 11th Chinese National Games, in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, on Oct. 16, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

The Games, with the theme of "Harmonious China and People's Games", features 33 sports consisting of all 28 sports in the summer Olympics, four winter sports and wushu as well.

Before its official kick-off, finals of 104 events from winter sports and summer sports such as table tennis, gymnastics and diving have concluded.

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