OK, we’ll try to put this as simple as we can.
China has proposed a regulation that could see all public sports facilities open for free every August 8, with the date marking the opening of the 2008 Beijing Olympics possibly being designated as a national fitness day.
Under the regulation, all levels of government and sports administrations should hold activities and campaigns emphasizing fitness on national fitness day, and all units and organizations should actively participate in sports. It also encouraged private facilities to open free of charge, or at reduced fees, to the public on that date.
A General Administration of Sport official said a national fitness day would “provide the public with better exercise conditions” and “reflect the Olympic cultural heritage” as well.
Let’s be honest. Does the drafting committee really care about fitness of the Chinese? We really hope they do. It seems otherwise its people will only be remembered on the fitness day. And, seriously, what public sports facilities do the Chinese have for themselves? A majority of them are too poor to go to sports centers or gyms to do good to their fitness. It’s heartbreaking that you see old people flying kites near Wukesong subway station in Beijing, where they can be occasionally accused by those moral-corrected for treading on the grass.
We were told by a professor at the Beijing Sports University (北京体育大学) yesterday that the government has been quietly building sports facilities in some residential communities in its capital. The RMB 1.2 million investment in a community near Tianqiao (天桥), Chongwen District, is equally shared by the central government, the municipal government and Chongwen District People’s government. This is good news for some, but definitely not for all, especially not for the poor. If you have ever been to Beijing, you know that most of communities, where laobaixing or ‘old hundred surnames’ live, are so confined that can hardly build anything in them.
So, if you really want to prove your heart of gold to the people, build them free facilities please, designate things that do mean something to them, something like the grass they can tread on without being accused or punished. If you just want to commemorate the success of the Olympic Games, just name it National Olympics Day and don’t try to sweeten the deal. We’ll be fine.
Xinhua: China could set Olympics opening date of Aug. 8 as national fitness day
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