Chinese YOG delegation pays silent tribute to mudslide victims

14:02, August 15, 2010      

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A newspaper seller puts chrysanthemum flowers on Sunday's newspapers in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Aug. 15, 2010, to mourn for the victims of the Aug. 8 mudslide disaster in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Gansu Province. China on Sunday held mournings for the mudslide victims, all over the country and at overseas embassies and consulates. (Xinhua/Wang Song)

Chinese sports delegation at the first Youth Olympic Games paid a silent tribute here on Sunday to victims of a massive mudslide in Zhouqu County in northwest China's Gansu Province.

Cai Zhenhua, Chef de mission of the Chinese delegation led a total of 38 officials and athletes representatives to lament the death of the mudslide victims in Nanyang Technological University, which was prepared as the accomodating village for athletes of the 1st Youth Olympics.

At 10:00 a.m., in a classroom of the University, Cai and his members stood still and bowed their heads in commemoration of those killed in the disaster.

China declared Sunday the day for national mourning for mudslide victims in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Mourning ceremonies were held across the country as thousands of soldiers are still battling for rescue and disinfection efforts in the county.

While in Singapore, the 1st Youth Olympic Games opened on Saturday night in the famous Marina Bay.

The officials and athletes of Chinese delegation said that the pains and hardships caused by the disaster would become impetus for them to move forward and achieve good results in the Olympic arena.

Source: Xinhua


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