Beijing proposes initiative of setting up Olympic Culture Day

An activity commemorating the 160th anniversary of Pierre de Coubertin's birth, the father of the modern Olympic Games, was held at the Peking Academy High

School in Beijing on Saturday.

The opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics took place at the National Stadium (Bird's Nest) in Beijing, August 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Xu Jiajun)

The city, which organized the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, proposed the initiative of setting each year's Nov 25 as the "Olympic Culture Day" during the activity.

The initiative aims a better world through sports and inspires the young generations with eternal Olympic spirits. It expresses the idea of making the Olympic culture a good career of building the community with a shared future for mankind.

At the commemorative activity, a small and friendly relay race was held at the high school — where Liu Changchun, the first athlete to represent China at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, practices and trained before the competition.

Representatives of international students from 15 countries and regions, as well as students and teachers from high schools and universities in Beijing such as the Peking University and the Beijing Sport University, joined recitation activities of poems and Olympic Manifesto to pay their honors to the Olympic spirits.

Pierre de Coubertin made his historic speech on the Olympic Manifest in Paris on Nov 25, 1892, marking the birth of the modern Olympic movement.