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First China Senior Sports Games Involve 7,000

By Lan Jun Zhou, China

The First China Senior Sports Games ended on Oct 26, 2009. The games started on August 8 and lasted 99 days. More than 7,000 older adults (including some from Hong Kong and Macau participated in the sports games).

The events of the games included activities popular with older adults such as gateball (similar to croquet), table tennis, tennis, soft volleyball, Rouli Ball, Tai Chi Quan, Tai Chi Sword, Chinese chess, Chi Gong, Yangge (traditional Chinese dance), Yaogu (in which a drum is fixed at the waist on the left side of body and played by beating with two sticks), and senior team aerobics.

The age of the male participants was between 60 and 70; the female participants, between 55 and 70. More than 400 participants from 42 teams took part in the Tai Chi Quan and Tai Chi Sword competitions. Senior team aerobics had 843 participants from 35 teams.

Nine cities organized the games. The opening session was held in Henan Province. The final session was held in Zhejiang Province and was attended by the General Administration of Sport of China, Administration on Aging of China, Association of Senior Sports of China, and Provincial Government of Zhejiang.

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