Mon, October 08, 2012
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Premier Wen joins basketball match to encourage public sports

2012-10-08 10:14:24 GMT2012-10-08 18:14:24(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

(Photo/Xinhua)

(Photo/Xinhua)

By Miao Miao, Sina English

Premier Wen Jiabao, 70, clad in a white sleeveless basketball jersey, matching shorts and sneakers, remarkably casual attire for a top Chinese leader to appear in public, played basketball in a match, which was held on Oct.3 with the aim to enhance the national fitness during the National Day holidays.

The white team, Premier Wen was in, beat the red team with six scores. The spectators all cheered for the premier’s marksmanship, as he was seen shooting a basketball properly twice consecutively.

The friendly match was held at the basketball court of the State General Administration of Sport, jointed by the team of retired basketball players and the team of fans from Dongcheng District of Beijing.

As a sports lover, Premier Wen also played basketball with school children in March, 2011.

On March 5, Premier Wen stated in his government work report in the fifth session of the 11th National People's Congress that the government is committed to the national fitness and a coordinated development of sports undertakings and sports industry. 

The participation of Premier Wen in the Wednesday match again shows his support for the program to boost the people’s physique.

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