Source: China State Council Information Office
Over 7,000 athletes from 34 delegations around China will attend the 11th Chinese Ethnic Games in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, an Organizing Committee spokesperson confirmed on Saturday.
Competitors from 56 ethnic groups have registered to participate. A dozen arenas and gyms will host 17 traditional sports including 140 full events and 194 exhibition events during the 9-day Games beginning on Sept. 8.
China’s Ethnic Games aims to promote harmony among China’s different ethnic groups and was first held in 1953.
“The Ethnic Games provides a platform for everybody to understand different cultures,” athlete representing Yunnan province Yang Wenwu said, who takes part in an event called Du Lunpiao.
The Chinese 11th Ethnic Games are scheduled to run through Sept. 16, and are being held in Henan province for the first time this year.