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First "Relgious Games" in China

2010-07-05 05:32:24 GMT2010-07-05 13:32:24 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Participants form five different religions take part in China's first 'Religious Games'.

In the southwest province of Yunnan; Buddhists, Muslims, Taoists, Catholics and Protestants compete in a variety of sporting events.

The traditional robes of Buddhists - cut short - didn't stop them from jumping on the basketball court, running on the track, or pulling a rope in the tug-of-war.

The Games also included table tennis and a battle of contemplative wits in Chinese chess.

Also an unusual cycling competition with the cyclist who rode the slowest winning the event.

The provincial news agency said the teams were not always divided along religious lines, with Buddhists, Taoists and Muslims often on the same side.

The officially secular China has been accused by human rights groups of heavy-handed treatment of religious minorities.

But the event organizers said the Games aim to increase exchanges between different religious believers in China.

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