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BRICS Games in Guangzhou: Basketball, Volleyball and Wushu
The first-ever BRICS Games raised its curtain at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center on June 17.

Updated:1497868341Source:Silk Road Post, China Daily, Chinanews.com

The first-ever BRICS Games raised its curtain at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center on June 17.

Some 300 athletes from the BRICS countries–Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa–are participating in men's basketball, women's volleyball and wushu (martial arts) competitions, reaching for a total of 10 gold medals on offer.

China has sent a delegation of 53 people, including 32 athletes, to the five-day event.

Apart from the competitions, the organizers have also arranged a series of cultural events.

Traditional cultural performances, like Chinese lion dances as well as India's yoga, were performed during the opening ceremony to demonstrate the rich culture of the five countries.

Chinese lion dances.

India's yoga performance.

Sports acrobatics performance by Chinese players.

Basketball games video

The Chinese national men’s basketball team, under the management of Du Feng, is competing with the Indian team in a basketball game.

Wushu

Chinese player Gao Chun in men’s changquan (long fist) competition.


Russian player in women's qiangshu (spear) competition.

Volleyball

All of the five countries sent out their under-20 women's volleyball teams. The Russian team scored an easy victory in the first competition with South Africa.

The BRICS countries account for 43 percent of the world’s population and a combined GDP of over US trillion, according to Xinhua News Agency.

"The games are important to promoting close sports and cultural ties between China and the other four members," said Yang Shande, China’s deputy chief of the Competitive Sports Department of the General Administration of Sport.

It’s also an important part of the cooperation between BRICS countries this year, as the BRICS annual summit will be held in China’s coastal city of Xiamen in September this year.
Editor:Joanna You
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