首页 > >
International luge chief amazed at Chinese sliders' progress******
BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- International Luge Federation (FIL) president Einars Fogelis said on Thursday that Chinese luge sliders have made amazing progress from scratch with the possibility of achieving good results at the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.。
Fogelis, who was elected as FIL President last November, arrived in Beijing on Monday for the Luge World Cup scheduled to take place from Friday to next Sunday on the Yanqing track.。
"I was surprised that you've really built a strong team, young with power. And I would say in our family we have one more strong nation," he told China's Winter Sports Management Center director Ni Huizhong in their meeting.。
"I am sure your athletes will show fine results in the upcoming Olympic Games," he added.。
Ni said he himself was also impressed by the progress the Chinese luge sliders have made.。
"In 2015 when Beijing won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, very few people in China had any idea about luge," he told Fogelis.。
"Now you should be delighted after seeing our sliders' performances after your arrival in Beijing," he said.。
Fogelis also heaped praise on Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic organizers.。
"We saw the excellent venue in Yanqing, and the excellent management," he said about the track which will be used for next year's winter Olympics.。
"It's an amazing venue, it's very great and a nice present for our sport," he said.。
"From the athletes' side, you provide all what's necessary for the athletes, for the training and for the officials in the highest level," the FIL chief said.。
"It's a nice track, the ice is high quality. It's challenging and very interesting," he added.。
FIL general secretary Dwight Bell echoed Fogelis' comments in the meeting with Ni.。
"I have to say it is an amazing construction. Not only the construction, but also the quality of the construction," he said.。
"You have the state of art facility now. You have committed tremendous resources to coaching and to development. It's impressive how fast you have developed a very competitive luge program," he told Ni. Enditem。
Int'l film festival kicks off in China's Shanxi******
TAIYUAN, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The fifth Pingyao International Film Festival opened on Tuesday in the 2,700-year-old city of Pingyao, north China's Shanxi Province.
A total of 46 movies from over 30 countries or regions will be shown at the festival. Almost a third of them will have their world premieres in Pingyao, which is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.
The movies to be screened during the festival include Cannes Award-winning "Prayers for the stolen," Belgian director Laura Wandel's "Playground," and renowned Chinese filmmaker Xie Fei's "Song of Tibet."
The audience will have the opportunity to participate in producing artificial-intelligence films, selecting a film genre and storyline then allowing the algorithm to act as the screenwriter and editor, producing movies of any length.
Chinese director Tsui Hark will narrate the works of Alfred Hitchcock in a dialogue activity to be held during the film exhibition.
Pingyao International Film Festival focuses on discovering and promoting outstanding works by young directors from developing countries, with the aim of strengthening the exchanges between filmmakers from various countries, according to the organizer. Enditem
Beijing poised for challenges in new WCBA season******
BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- After injecting some new blood into the team, Beijing is ready to take on challenges in the upcoming 2021-22 Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) season.
"We have undergone some big changes this season, and challenges will be big too," admitted Beijing's head coach Zhang Yunsong after the team's practice session here on Friday.
Beijing, which finished seventh among 17 outfits last season, will depart for Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday for its final-phase preparation for the new WCBA season.
The team has witnessed several changes to its squad during the offseason, with veteran guard Yang Banban calling time on her career and former Bayi sharpshooter Jin Jiabao joining in.
"Jin is a quality and experienced player, no doubt about it. She has also proven herself in this league," commented Zhang, while adding that Jin needs time to recover from injury and better fit into the team.
"I'm thrilled to be back," said Jin, who had not been in league action for one and a half years.
"I hope to show my ability in this new family. I have to prepare well and keep a good mindset so as to play at my best level," she added.
Beijing also brought up some players through their youth ranks and recruited college players to enrich their roster.
For Zhang, the team is comprised of veterans and young guns, and everyone tries her best to maintain a favorable shape.
Looking toward the new season, Zhang said his biggest anticipation is that the team can fight for a win in every game.
"As for this season, the league has changed a lot, with newcomers joining in and other sides making adjustments to their rosters. It is the same for us. Everything is unknown so far, and probably we can get the feel of the league after we kick off our new season's campaign there," he noted.
Beyond the victory, Zhang expects that more young players can stand out from his side, which benefits the team's long-term development.
"We need to display our mentality while playing against those strong sides, and improve ourselves technically and tactically through every match," he said. Enditem
Explosions rock Ukrainian key airport, military facilities: media******
A series of explosions hit the largest Ukrainian airport Boryspil and several military objects in eastern and southern Ukraine early on Thursday, according to Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
The Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry said it is evacuating passengers and staff from Boryspil.
Russia has closed its airspace to civilian aircraft starting on Thursday on its western borders with Ukraine and Belarus, the Russian aviation authorities announced, shortly after President Vladimir Putin authorized a "special military operation" in the Donbass region.