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ISF Jinjiang 2020 Gymnasiade to welcome 100-day countdown on July 9 2021-06-22 17:30:46 editor:GuShanshan

On December 13, 2016, Jinjiang was officially shortlisted as one of the candidate cities for the 18th ISF Gymnasiade (the Gymnasiade) in 2020 at the executive committee meeting of the International School Sport Federation (ISF) held in Mumbai, India, and would compete against Hungary's Budapest, India's Pune and other cities. From then on, Jinjiang began to demonstrate its spirit of "fighting to win" in an all-round way, and the whole city began to make concerted efforts to prepare for the bid of the Gymnasiade.

A county-level city would compete with the capitals of other countries or provincial capitals for the right to host an international sports event. This had surprised many people. In the voice of doubt, objection, and retreat, Liu Wenru, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Quanzhou Municipal Committee and party chief of the CPC Jinjiang Municipal Committee, said firmly "We just want to challenge the impossible, and we must succeed".

On May 28, 2017, Jinjiang bid delegation traveled long distances to French Polynesia to submit the bid report to ISF. The process lasted only a few minutes, but it showed Jinjiang's determination to welcome the Gymnasiade to China and Jinjiang.

In July 2017, a delegation headed by Laurent Petrynka, president of the ISF, paid a three-day assessment and investigation visit to Jinjiang.

In just one month before the assessment and investigation, Jinjiang improved dozens of inspection sites, upgraded the landscape of 100-km inspection route, and trained thousands of volunteers…

According to a source from the Executive Committee General Office of ISF Jinjiang 2020 Gymnasiade, Jinjiang prepared for the bid from the improvement of the municipal environment, the creation of bid atmosphere, urban security, image ambassador selection, and other aspects. To welcome the assessment, Jinjiang made an overall plan and 38 sub-plans, with related work designated to specific persons, time and places. Jinjiang also optimized the layout of 39 competition venues, among which 24 are in schools, accounting for 61.54 percent of the total, fully demonstrating the concept of "efficient utilization of facilities" in venue construction. Meanwhile, Jinjiang arranged some interactive activities such as youth exchanges and tree planting.

On October 15, 2017, an executive committee meeting of the ISF was held in Olbia, Sardinia, Italy. It would decide who would be awarded the right to host the 18th Gymnasiade in 2020.

At 3:10 p.m. that day, the Jinjiang delegation entered the meeting room for its statement and defense.

"The famous Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho said in The Alchemist that when you dream of something with all your heart, the whole universe will conspire to help you fulfill your desires," said Liu Wenru on the rostrum, "today, we come here with this kind of expectation, and we hope you can help us realize this dream. We will fulfill our promise wholeheartedly. Give Jinjiang a chance, and we will return the world a wonderful (sports) event!"

The whole statement was exquisite and complete, during which there were five times of applause.

When introducing the economic development of Jinjiang, Liu Wenru turned his eyes to the entrepreneurs of Jinjiang and all the entrepreneurs stood up in unison, winning thunderous applause immediately.

When the word "Jinjiang" was announced by Laurent Petrynka, all the efforts made for the bid in the past 10-odd months were instantly transformed into laughter, shouts, hugs, and blessings. Laurent Petrynka immediately stepped down from the rostrum, hugging and shaking hands with the members of the Jinjiang delegation to express his congratulations. Jinjiang delegation ended its visit to Sardinia with a victory.

In October 2021, the Gymnasiade will be held in Jinjiang. Five million Jinjiang people at home and abroad will welcome friends from all over the world.