Beijing launched the 12th national fitness sports festival on April 16, 2019, with the festival’s opening ceremony to be held at the Shougang Park on April 20.
During the festival, a total of 39 international, national, provincial (including Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei) events, 110 municipal events, 207 district-level events and the national fitness competitions organized by grassroots sports organizations will be held.
The festival will highlight ten major events, such as Beijing Magnificent Sports Meet, Beijing Square Dance Contest and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Youth Summer Ski Challenge.
This year, the popularization of winter sports will be stressed during the festival to last for months, according to Zhao Wen, director of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports and the festival’s organizing committee.
A variety of activities like public welfare winter sports courses and lectures on Winter Olympic knowledge and watching etiquettes will be held to make a contribution to the preparations for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics, he said.
The festival aims to meet the demands of different populations, and close attention will be paid to special groups like youngsters, employees, farmers, disabled people, ethnic minorities, government officials, elders, women and migrant workers to enable them to participate in national fitness.