Xi pushes sports development to achieve Chinese dream

By Ma Chi | chinadaily.com.cn | 2017-08-27 20:10

Editor's note: President Xi Jinping is arguably the most well-known sports fan in China. Xi believes sport has great significance beyond itself and that the dream of building China into a sports power is an integral part of realizing the Chinese dream of rejuvenating the nation.

Xi pushes sports development to achieve Chinese dream

President Xi Jinping with winter sports fans at a skiing venue in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, during a visit to check preparatory work for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Jan 23, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Promoting mass sports

He says fitness is the basis and guarantee for all people to live a healthy life and it plays an important part in China's transition from a big country to a strong nation in sports.

At his proposal, "promoting mass fitness" was included in the work report of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

And under a national plan for developing mass fitness issued last year, China aims to have 435 million people, or one third of its population, regularly do physical exercise by 2020.

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