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Gymnastics - 09. August 2008.

Gymnastics in the limelight

Beijing (CHN) NIS FIG Office, August 9, 2008: 90,000 spectators and billions of telespectators will long remember the sumptuous opening ceremony of the 2008 Games of the XXIXth Olympiad in Beijing. After such a spectacular opening, people all over the world will have finally understood just how rooted gymnastics is in the sporting culture and the history of the country. China took us back to this fundamental truth by inviting two of its most prestigious gymnasts to interpret the initial roles of the ceremony.

The Olympic Judges Oath was pronounced by Huang Liping, member of the FIG Men’s Technical Committee, while the distinguished honour of lighting the cauldron of the Olympic Stadium was bestowed upon Olympic champion Li Ning.


Beijing (CHN) NIS FIG Office, le 09 août 2008: Les 90'000 spectateurs et les milliards de
téléspectateurs se souviendront longtemps de la somptueuse cérémonie d'ouverture des
Jeux de la XXIXème Olympiade de Beijing 2008. Emotion, grâce, technologie, audace
resteront les qualificatifs accrochés au spectacle que nous auront donné les organisateurs
et les créateurs de cette fresque.

Après cette ouverture spectaculaire, le monde entier aura compris combien la gymnastique
est profondément ancrée dans la culture sportive et l'histoire du pays. La Chine nous l'a
rappelé en invitant deux de ses prestigieux gymnastes à jouer les premiers rôles de la

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