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Sport facilities in schools generally below standard
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17:04, April 03, 2008

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The China Youth Development Foundation announced April 2 in Beijing that they will co-launch, with Shanghai Dragon TV, a public welfare TV competition show.

The show is entitled: "Refueling 2008! Hope Project's Happy Sports Activity." All the funds collected from the show will go towards the improvement of sports facilities in rural Hope primary schools.

At the beginning of 2007, the China Youth Development Foundation entrusted an independent research organization to conduct a sample survey in 34 Hope primary schools in 12 provinces on their physical education (PE) situation.

The results show that very few PE classes are opened among the surveyed schools. None of the schools was equipped with sports facilities meeting the minimum standards regulated by the Ministry of Education.

Forty-seven percent of the schools do not have special athletic grounds; and 97.1% do not broadcast morning exercises, which do not require any sports equipment.

Headmasters hope for the installation of specific equipment in this order of preference: ping-pong table, basketball frame, single parallel bars, and volleyball and badminton nets. When talking about the Olympic Games, 78.9% of the children said the Olympics is a very interesting sports event, and would really like to watch the events at the venues.

By People's Daily Online

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